Material and Materiel

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Material and Materiel :



“Material” is a very common word, so it’s not surprising that when people encounter the French-derived spelling “materiel” in military contexts (“supplying men and materiel”), they think it’s a mistake and “correct” it to the more familiar “material.”


The equipment and supplies used by armies and other organizations are “materiel,” which is never spelled with an S on the end.
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