Draught vs. Drought

These two words should never be confused. With plenty of brewery fresh cold draught beer around there is little fear of suffering from a dry spell any time soon.
Draught   [draft] A variant spelling of draft, especially British, normally pronounced the same way. verb 1. To draw or pull. adjective 2. Drawn or available to be drawn from a cask or keg as opposed to being bottled: draught beer 3. Used or suited for drawing loads… of beer: a draught horse.
Drought  [drout] noun 1. A period of dry weather, especially a long one that is injurious to crops.
Why do we prefer the old world spelling? The primary definition of the word draught relates to drawing beer from a keg. Cheers! In the US the word draft has become synonymous with conscription, the compulsory enrollment of persons for military or naval service. An act usually preceded with copious amounts of draught.

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