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Lieu comes from French, and means a place. The expression in lieu of means "instead of", or "in the place of" (literally).

This page was suggested by the list of "25 of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language", in the article on "spelling" in Garner, Bryan A., The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style, Oxford University Press, 2000; on line at Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press, under licence to Hull University. 18 July 2006. <>.

AWE shares the confidence of that article: "Naturally, they're spelled correctly here".