Correct spelling, explanation: messenger is kind of an exception when it comes to etymology. In fact, the first noted form of this word was messanger (like you may think from the word message), but over time the word adjusted to the English pronunciation and is now written with an e instead of a.
Definition of messenger:
1. A person who conveys information or messages
The king’s messenger delivered the letters to the queen.
In the past, pigeons were used as messengers to carry mail from place to place.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: a few hundred years back, messanger would have been the correct spelling. Currently – it isn’t. It isn’t that uncommon for words to change their vowels, so in this case, the original a became e, making messenger the only correct form in the 21st century.
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