Cherry vs. Cheery

Why do the words “cheery” and “cherry” have different outlines in the Anniversary dictionary? It would seem to me that the “cherry” outline is the appropriate one for both and that the “cheery” outline is actually “cheerily”. Can someone explain this to me?

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  1. "Cheery" is a derivative of "cheer", which follows the reversed r rule (like "jeer", "dear", "deer", "tear", etc.). Hence, we write the root as ch – reversed e. In turn, the derivatives of "cheer" keep the root form when possible to make them distinct: cheery = ch – reversed e – e; cheerly = ch – reversed e – e (like "cheery"); cheerily = ch – e – r – loop (adds an r since it follows the -ily, -aly rule). We do not write "cherily" as "ch-loop" because that would be "cheers." There shouldn't be confusion between "cheery" and "cheerly" because one is an adjective and the other is an adverb.

    "Cherry" is just a normal two-syllable word (ch-e-r-e), good on top of ice creams and some adult beverages, :-).

    Quiz: How would you write "cheeriness"? 🙂

    I hope this helps.

  2. If you write the outline for "cheery", you'll see that the second E is completed at the top of the start of the reverse E, so naturally the N would extend out above both of the E's. It sounds more complicated to describe than it actually is to write! ROF

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