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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-cercomsized-''autocorrected''

- "autocorrected" to insert four typos....

spell - (curcumsized), cercumaizion


spell-cercumcised

#10

spell-cercumsised

'cercumsized-cercumcision


''cercumsized ... cecumsized'


spelling - "cercomzied"

spell-uncerumvsised
cic-
spell - cicrumcised

spell-cicrumsiced

''cicrumsion''

''cicumcision'

spell-cicumsicion AND circumsion
20#
''cicumsised'
circ-
''circimize'

''circimsized''
''circumsized/circimsized'

''circle''

spell: Circle Side

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

''circomcism''

circu-
spelling - circucizion
#30
spell-circuimcised+circuimsiced

''circucise''


spell-circuncision

circum-
spell-circum sized
circumci-
spell-circumcicum

''circumcession'
spell-circumcession (2)

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

spell - circumcisezed

spell-circumcisition

spell-circumcisium

''circumcisized'
spell - uncircumcicised
spell-circumcisized 3
spell-circumcisssion circumcizzed
circumcit-
spell- ''circumcition'' again
soekk-circumcizion
spell-circumcumsized

circume-
spell-(un)circumed

''circumed sized'
spell - circumferenced
#50
spell-circumisice
circums-
spell-circumscion

spell - circumscised

spell-''circumscission''
''circumscizion'

''circumscribed'

''circumscription'
spell- circumscription (2)

'circumscrised'

spell-circumsice pines
- and an extra mark for "pines"
''circumsicing''
''circumed sized'
spelling ''CIRCUMCSICED''

''circumsicion'
spell- circumsicion
spell-circumsicion-ric
#60
''circumsicison'

spell-circumsicsion

''circumsides''

spell-circumsies
spell-circumsied, again
''circumsions''

spell - circumsiscin

''circumsise''
spell-''circumsision''

''circumsission'
spell-circumsission 2

''circumsition'


''circumsozed'
#70
''circumspection''
spell - circumspection

spelling: ''circumssion''
circumst-
''circumstancing''
spell - circumstanced


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

spell-circumsusr
''circumused'
spell - circumzied
spell-circumzied
''circumzised'
circus-
spell-circus
#80
spelling - circuscision

spell- ''circusiced''

''circusim''

spell-circus sized
circy
spell-circy
(Strictly speaking not a misspelling, an odious euphemism, but "un-circy" is unusual)
cirm-
spell-cirmcised

spell-cirmsection
''uncirmusized'
cirum-
spell-cirumcisim

spell- cirumsized
spell-cirumsized
#90
cirx-
''cirxumsizing''

cis-

spell-ciscumcised

spell-ciscumsized
cit-
spell-citcumsized
co-
''corcumcise'
spell ''corcumcized''

spell-anti-corcumsicers
cr-
spell - un-cricumsised

spell - "criticism"
cu-
''curc.'
#100
spelling: curcumcisied

spell-curcumcised
''curcumcise''

spell ''curcumcisized''

''curcumcism''

spell-"curcumcizeing

spell-curcumsised
spell-curcumsised (2)

spell-curcumsized
''curcumsize'

spell-curicumcsion
s-
spell- ''sercomsized''
(With 3 consonants and 2 vowels changed, is this a record?)
 
''sercumsicion'
#110
spell: sercum sized

spell- Sercumsize

si-
spell-sircumsized
su-
spell- surcumsis
vi-
spell-(un)vircumsized

(114 different misspellings)

 

 

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