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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-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
#29-30
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-circumcisssion circumcizzed

spell- ''circumcition'' again
soekk-circumcizion
spell-circumcumsized

circume-
spell-(un)circumed

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

spell-''circumscission''
''circumscizion'

''circumscribed'

''circumscription'
spell- circumscription (2)

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

''circumsicion'
spell- circumsicion
spell-circumsicion-ric

''circumsicison'
#60
spell-circumsicsion

''circumsides''

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

spell - circumsiscin

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

''circumsission'
spell-circumsission 2

''circumsition'


''circumsozed'

''circumspection''
spell - circumspection
#70
spelling: ''circumssion''
circumst-
''circumstancing''
spell - circumstanced

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

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

spell- ''circusiced''
#80
''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
cirx-
''cirxumsizing''
cis-
spell-ciscumcised
#90
spell-ciscumsized
cit-
spell-citcumsized
co-
''corcumcise'
spell ''corcumcized''

spell-anti-corcumsicers
cr-
spell - "criticism"
cu-
''curc.'
spelling: curcumcisied

spell-curcumcised
''curcumcise''

spell ''curcumcisized''
#100
''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'
spell: sercum sized
spell- Sercumsize
si-
spell-sircumsized
#110
su-

spell- surcumsis
vi-
spell-(un)vircumsized

(111 different misspellings)

 

 

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