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I was writing a resume for a client last week and one of the past roles he had was as a dispatch officer.  Or is that a despatch officer?

I wasn’t 100% sure, so I did what most people do these days when they don’t know the answer to something.

I googled it.

It turns out that both are acceptable, with dispatch preferred by most.

To dispatch (or despatch) literally means to send off a message, to execute a prompt business transaction or to effect the speedy delivery of goods.

As I considered which one to use, it occurred to me that the spelling of the word didn’t matter, but the meaning did.  Or more accurately, acting on the meaning.

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