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I read a sentence in a chapter in my book which was:

A bogey of a train that was returning from Ayodhya and was full of Karsevaks was set on fire.

I didn't find any dictionary describing the word "bogey" in the sense it has been used in here. So I want to know whether it is acceptable to use the word "bogey" as a variant of "bogie"?

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The full (subscription-only) Oxford English Dictionary lists bogy and bogey as alternative spellings for bogie (their "low-slung trolley / truck" entry, which is particularly common in rail contexts).

But they have another 4 separate entries for bogey (all with different meanings and etymologies), 3 of which explicitly include bogie as a valid alternative spelling.


In short, there's probably no point in a learners' site trying to lay down the law about "correct" spelling for any given use of these 5 words. Things are of course even further complicated by the fact that many of us would probably pluralise all of them as bogies. Here's a chart showing that although singular bogey is the overall most common spelling (way more so than bogie), the plural bogeys is in fact the least common form.

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The two have completely different meanings and it seems "bogie" perfectly describes what you're referring to, so I don't know why you would use "bogey" in place of it.

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Yes, Bogie:

2a chiefly British : a swiveling railway truck

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Example picture: Railway Truck - Bogie

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