Unalienable vs Inalienable
I have read that Jefferson wrote "inalienable" and Adams preferred "unalienable" when the Declaration of Independence was being drafted. I am not sure that there is a huge misunderstanding here as one dictionary uses inalienable as the definition for unalienable. Even so, I enjoyed this explanation from grammarist.com:
"English has changed since Thomas Jefferson used unalienable in the Declaration of Independence. Inalienable is truer to the word’s Latin roots—in- is the Latin negative prefix, and un- is an English one—and while Jefferson’s Anglicized word has always been listed as an accepted variant, inalienable is now the more common form. Unalienable mainly appears in quotes of or references to Jefferson’s document. Inalienable is preferred everywhere else."
Men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, - 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;' and to 'secure,' not grant or create, these rights, governments are instituted. -BUDD v. STATE OF NEW YORK (1892)