pedlar, peddler
The dominant BrE spelling has changed, along with a change in principal meaning, from pedlar, the traditional form for the itinerant seller of small items, to the AmE spelling peddler, associated especially with the selling of drugs and influenced by the verb peddle (itself a back-formation from pedlar). The development is somewhat circular but the result is that pedlar is falling out of use as the itinerant seller that the word used to denote disappears from the streets.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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