Faeces vs feces

Faeces is bodily waste excreted from the bowels, through the anus. The adjective is faecal. Faeces comes from the Latin word, faceces, which means sediment, dregs. Faeces began to directly refer to human excrement in the seventeenth century. Faeces refers to any animal's solid waste, excreted from the bowels, through the anus. In North America, the spelling is feces and the adjective is spelled fecal. Examples Known as faecal microbiota transplantation, the method has been criticised by … [Read more...]

Cauterize vs cauterise

Cauterize means to burn the skin or a wound with a hot instrument or caustic substance.  Cauterizing eliminates necrotic tissue to prevent gangrene and infections, cauterizing also stops bleeding.  Cauterize is a transitive verb. Cauterize is the North American spelling, related words are cauterizes, cauterized, cauterizing and cauterization. Cauterise is an accepted British spelling. Related words are cauterises, cauterised, cauterising and cauterisation. The American spelling of cauterize … [Read more...]

Minimize vs minimise

Minimize means to reduce to the smallest possible amount, to estimate to the least possible degree, to belittle or represent as worth less than is actually true. Minimize is a transitive verb which takes an object. The North American spelling is minimize, related words are minimizes and minimized, and the nouns minimizing, minimizer and minimization. Minimise is the preferred British spelling. Related words are minimises and minimised, and the nouns minimising, minimiser and minimisation. The … [Read more...]

Spic and span vs spick and span

Spic and Span is the brand name of a cleaning product. While the spelling spic and span existed before the product, advertising has caused many people to popularize this spelling. The preferred spelling for this English phrase is spick and span. Spick and span is a phrase used as an adjective to mean extremely clean, spotless, freshly scrubbed. Spick and span may be hyphenated, as in spick-and-span. Either spelling is correct. Spick and span is a phrase which dates to the sixteenth … [Read more...]

Pharaoh or Pharoah

Pharaoh is the title given to ancient Egyptian rulers. Pharaoh is also used as a proper noun in the Bible. Today, referring to someone as a pharaoh means that he is a tyrant. The adjective form is pharaonic. Pharaoh comes from the Egyptian pr-'o, which means great house. American Pharoah is a race horse who is the twelfth Triple Crown Winner, having won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. He is the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. American … [Read more...]

Extol vs extoll

Extol is the preferred spelling of a verb which means to praise lavishly or to glorify. When one extols a person's virtues, one speaks of that person in heroic terms. Extol comes from the Latin ex- meaning out or upward and tollere meaning raise. When using extol in the past tense, the preferred spelling is extolled, the indicative is extolling and adverb is extollingly. Derivative nouns are extoller and extolement, these words are rarely used. The spelling extoll is accepted, but is … [Read more...]

Fur vs fir

Fur is a noun that means the hairy coat of an animal. Fur is also the skin of an animal which is covered with this fine hair, as well as a garment made out of fur. The adjective form appears before a noun, such as fur coat or fur trapper. The verb form means to affix fur to a garment or other item. Someone who is sick and has a coating on his tongue may be said to have a furred tongue. The British refer to the hard water coating inside a pipe or kettle, as fur. Fir is an evergreen tree with … [Read more...]

Deviled vs devilled

Deviled is the accepted spelling in the United States and Canada for an adjective describing food that is seasoned with horseradish, mustard, paprika or pepper to impart a strong flavor. In other English-speaking countries, the spelling is devilled. Deviled eggs have been prepared since the Roman Empire, coming into modern popularity around 1940 and steadily rising until the present. Eggs are hard-boiled, then split and the yolks removed. After mashing the yolks with ingredients such as … [Read more...]

Entree vs entrée

Entree is an acceptable alternative spelling for entrée, but is used mainly in the United States while other English-peaking (and French-speaking) countries tend to retain the accent mark over the second e. However, this can be inconsistent even within the same publication and it's best to follow one's own preference or the appropriate style guide. It should be noted that the official entry for almost all dictionaries is entrée with the accent mark. Either way it's spelled it is still pronounced … [Read more...]

Incase or encase

In case is a phrase that means to do something as a safeguard or precaution. This can also be used when someone else may have not done something (e.g., in case you haven't...). This is always spelled as two words. In case of is a phrase that means if an event happens another action should be done. It is usually seen in the phrase in case of emergency followed by an instruction. Encase is a verb that means to entirely cover or enclose an object or person. The noun form is encasement. … [Read more...]

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