Here’s a quick question for y’all: is guaranty a legit variant of guarantee these days? One of my Famous Blogging Brothers used the old spelling in today’s column and it brought me up short. Dictionaries appear to be OK with it, more or less, although it’s a bit démodé. The phrase “there’s no guaranty” currently has 24 KGhits to 6,680 KGhits for “there’s no guarantee”; the numbers are of course wildly inaccurate but clearly the one with a y is much less common. The n-grams tell a similar story.
What do you think—if you were editing that column, would you have insisted on the double-e?