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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 word meaning "to cut". 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 are the commonest. 

Hereafter, alphabetical:

spelll- cercomceshion

''cercomecision

''cercomesied''

'cercumsized-cercumcision

spell - (curcumsized), cercumaizion

''cercumsized ... cecumsized'

#10
spelling - "cercomzied"

''cicrumsion''

''cicumcision'

''cicumsised'

''circimize'

''circimsized''
''circumsized/circimsized'

''circle''

spelli - ''circmcision's ''

spell-circomsized (2)
spell - circomsized

spelling - circucizion
#20-21
''circomcism''

spell - circumcisim

''circucise''

''circumcession'

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

spell - circumcisezed

spell-circumcisition

''circumcisized'
spell - uncircumcicised

soekk-circumcizion

spell-circumcumsized
#30
''circumed sized'

spell - circumferenced

spell-circum sized

''circumscizion'

''circumscribed'

''circumscription'

'circumscrised'

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

''circumsicion'

''circumsicison'
#40
''circumsides''

spell-circumsies
spell-circumsied, again

''circumsions''

spell - circumsiscin

''circumsise''

''circumsission'

''circumsition'

''circumsozed'

''circumspection''

spelling: ''circumssion''
#50
''circumstancing''

 And of course...
''circumstition''

''circumused'

spell - circumzied
''circumzised'
spell-cirumcisim

spell-circus

''circusim''

spell-circus sized

spell-cirmsection
#60
''uncirmusized'

''cirxumsizing''

''corcumcise'

spell ''corcumcized''

spell - "criticism"

''curc.'

spellin curcumcisied

spell ''curcumcisized''

spell-curcumsized

''curcumcism''
#70
''curcumcise''

spell-curcumsised

spell-"curcumcizeing

''curcumsize'

''sercumsicion'
spell: sercum sized

spell- Sercumsize

spell-sircumsized

spell- surcumsis
(78 different misspellings)

 

 

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