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If you can't spell it...

Russell Crowe: ''If you can't spell it, don't do it.''

- Russell Crowe on Twitter, June 9, 2011 quoted in the Daily Mail, June 19, 2011

 

"Circumcise" is derived from the Latin words meaning "cut around". It is nothing to do with sizing, nor with the "-ize" that means "to cause to become". The spelling with "-cis-" is as mandatory as in "incised", "incisive" and "incision", "decisive" and "decision", "concise", "precise" etc.

It might seem picky to pillory people who misspell "circumcise", but when someone says they've "done their research" without having picked up the spelling, something is wrong, as Russell Crowe pointed out.

 

For example:

''circumcize''

''circumsize''

Those (-ciz- and -siz-) are the commonest. 

Hereafter, alphabetical (disregarding "un-"):

ce-

spelll- cercomceshion

''cercomecision

''cercomesied''

spell - (curcumsized), cercumaizion


spell-cercumsised

'cercumsized-cercumcision

#9-10

''cercumsized ... cecumsized'


spelling - "cercomzied"
cic-
''cicrumsion''

''cicumcision'

spell-cicumsicion AND circumsion

''cicumsised'
circ-
''circimize'

''circimsized''
''circumsized/circimsized'

''circle''
#20
spell: Circle Side

spelli - ''circmcision's ''
spell-circomsized (2)
spell - circomsized
circo-
''circomcism''

circu-

spelling - circucizion

circumci-
spell-circumcicum

spell - circumcisim
''circucise''

''circumcession'
spell-circumcession (2)

circumcis-
(The only correct spellings, circumcise, circumcised, circumcising, circumcision, go here.)

spell - circumcisezed
#30
spell-circumcisition

''circumcisized'
spell - uncircumcicised

spell-circumcisssion circumcizzed

spell- ''circumcition'' again

soekk-circumcizion

spell-circumcumsized

circume-

spell-(un)circumed

''circumed sized'

spell - circumferenced
#40
spell-circumisice
circums-
spell-circumscion

spell-circum sized

''circumscizion'

''circumscribed'

''circumscription'

'circumscrised'

''circumsicing''
''circumed sized'
spelling ''CIRCUMCSICED''

''circumsicion'
spell- circumsicion

''circumsicison'
#50
spell-circumsicsion

''circumsides''

spell-circumsies
spell-circumsied, again

''circumsions''

spell - circumsiscin

''circumsise''

''circumsission'
spell-circumsission 2

''circumsition'


''circumsozed'

''circumspection''
#60
spelling: ''circumssion''
circumst-
''circumstancing''

spell-circumstised
 And of course...
''circumstition''
  
spell-circumsusr

''circumused'
 
spell - circumzied
spell-circumzied
 
''circumzised'
circus-
spell-circus

''circusim''
#70
spell-circus sized
circy
spell-circy
(Strictly speaking not a misspelling, but an odious euphemism)
cirm-
spell-cirmcised

spell-cirmsection

''uncirmusized'
cirum-
spell-cirumcisim

spell- cirumsized
spell-cirumsized
cirx-
''cirxumsizing''
cis-
spell-ciscumcised

spell-ciscumsized
#80
cit-
spell-citcumsized
co-
''corcumcise'

spell ''corcumcized''

spell-anti-corcumsicers
cr-
spell - "criticism"
cu-
''curc.'

spellin curcumcisied

''curcumcise''
spell ''curcumcisized''

''curcumcism''
spell-"curcumcizeing

spell-curcumsised
spell-curcumsised (2)
#90
spell-curcumsized

''curcumsize'

s-

''sercumsicion'
 
spell: sercum sized
  
spell- Sercumsize
  
spell-sircumsized

spell- surcumsis

spell-(un)vircumsized

(97 different misspellings)

 

 

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