Saturday, December 19, 2009

So, When Was It "Diculous"?

I've noticed a common misspelling: Rediculous. I think I know why. It's our pronunciation. We say it as though it has the prefix "re" and as such try to spell it that way. It looks ridiculous. I used to make the same mistake until I realised the cause of my error. It's RIDiculous not REdiculous. It's like ridicule.

"Ah ha!" said I. "I know how to spell ridicule."

Etymology wins again. All is well. Hooray.

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