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"Memento" or "Momento"?

Can you guess which spelling is correct? Hint: The word describes a keepsake that helps you remember something.

By
Mignon Fogarty
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Christine C. asked whether the correct spelling is “memento” or “momento.” She says her dictionary shows both.

My sources say that although the word is sometimes spelled with an “o,” the correct spelling is “memento.”

A memento is a keepsake, a reminder of an event or a person.

Memory Trick

Note that “memento,” is spelled like “memory” and “remember.” A memento is something to help you remember a happy or important memory.

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Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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