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Breakfast, they say, is the most important meal of the day, whether it includes fruit, pancakes, cereal, yogurt, bagels, granola, toast, eggs, bacon, hash browns or waffles.
But give us the choice and we'll reach for a doughnut. It's hard to resist delicious, sugary fried pastries.
That said, it was no problem getting people to talk about their favorite sticky treats.
For National Doughnut Day, celebrated this Friday, we asked a lot of locals including bakers, police officers and others about their favorite doughnuts and what it says about them.
So how do you spell it: doughnut or donut?
The Associated Press Stylebook says “doughnut,” so that's what we're going with here, but like many other English words (“drive thru,” for example), it's been Americanized and shortened.
Krispy Kreme calls its treats “doughnuts” while Dunkin' Donuts and Winchell's Donut House go with the shortened version.
The Oxford English Dictionary has “doughnut” as the official entry and calls “donut” the American version. Many grammarians and writers prefer the original spelling.
So where did the shortened word come from?
According to John T. Edge and his book, “Donuts: An American Passion,” the shortened spelling of “donut” came from the Doughnut Machine Corp. In the 1920s, the company went with “donut” an effort to appeal to foreign language speakers. The company reasoned that they would have a hard time pronouncing “doughnut.”