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In this Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 photo, doughnuts are fried in cooking oil in New York. Willpower apparently can be bought. The chance to win or lose $20 a month enticed people in a yearlong study to drop an average of nine pounds - four times more weight than others who were not offered dough to pass up the doughnuts. The new study, done at the Mayo Clinic, was released Thursday, March 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Happy National Donut/Doughnut Day! However you spell it, the holey treat is worth celebrating.


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - Nov. 5 is National Doughnut Day. If you're thinking, "Wait -- didn't we just celebrate this holey day a few months ago?" you are correct.

The day of recognition has long been held on the first Friday in June, and we have the Salvation Army to thank. The organization says the tradition dates back 80 years, when in 1938 its "Donut Lassies" in Chicago served the sweets to soldiers during World War I.

Doughnut Dollies
FILE - The Nov. 9, 1918, cover of the Salvation Army's "War Cry." (The Salvation Army USA)

How the November National Doughnut Day came to be is more difficult to pinpoint. According to Boston.com, Foodimentary founder John Bryan Hopkins discovered references to the Nov. 5 holiday in his research dating back to the 1930s. He thinks it may have started as a retail gimmick.

"Many retailers created these mini-holidays as a way to sell product," Hopkins told Boston.com. "Most people don’t realize how many holidays Woolworth's and other retailers created over the years."

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In any case, judging from the volume of doughnut-related tweets on Monday alone, Americans are perfectly fine with celebrating National Doughnut Day twice a year.

With two days to honor doughnuts come two ways to spell the sugary delight's name: doughnut and donut.

We here at Circa follow AP style, so you'll see doughnut on our site. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts agrees. Dunkin' Donuts -- soon to be just Dunkin' -- goes with the easier-to-spell version.

The folks at Merriam-Webster encourage spellers to use donut and doughnut at will: "When we consider the variety of things the letter combination ough does in English – tough, though, through, drought, bought, cough – surely it's not wholly irrational to welcome the simplification that donut offers."

So, no matter how you spell them or what flavors you like, get out there and enjoy your donuts/doughnuts!

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