Or a G.
Or an H.
Btw -phagus means eating, just an interesting fact for the people taht didnt know it. (and yes the -phagus in sarcophagus also stands for eating...)
(I had read too fast and thought it said "... to need both an o and a u in it though")
and huh isnt through the same in us as in uk spelling?
The water went right through the trough though, tough I thought. (it had a hole) :D English is weird whether (weather) it is american or british.
(Just made that sentence up, I like it haha) (troo, truf,do, tof tot or something ;) )
Regardless, there are plenty of words which I think Americans spell much more sensibly than us lot on this side of the water.
Although I do despise some bastardisations such as using EZ to mean easy. That's a bit different though as it's more like an abbreviation than a difference in spelling. It doesn't help that it doesn't make immediately obvious sense to an English person - 'ee-zed..? WTF is that supposed to mean...' - but I dislike the whole fashion of missing out vowels, using numbers in place of letters, etc. - XTC instead of ecstasy, 4tune instead of fortune, etc
Œ is a Latin alphabet grapheme probably from the middle ages, a ligature of o and e. In medieval and early modern Latin, it was used to represent the Greek diphthong οι.
So, there are no 'redundant' letters in Oesophagus; we just can't spell it these days, either side of the Atlantic. It should be œsophagus, as œ is a single letter.
Pretty interesting stuff, huh?