I am not sure, but in medicine they appear all the time in English literature, though not in American literature. For example, it is dyspnoea in England and dyspnea in America--quite confusing. There are many, many more examples.
I cannot tell you the number of times I have had publications sent back to me with the editor asking, "Is it dyspnea or dyspnoea"? If I am quoting an article from England, I always use their spelling, though my editors thinks if I am writing from the USA I should use our spelling. For example, the article title from England or Canada will read, "How Do You Manage Dyspnoea?" I will quote it as such--but get it sent back.
Noah Webster of Webster's Dictionary fame is the guy to blame/praise for the lack of diphthongs in American spelling. It's another example of his simplification exercises, in the same way as the English "traveller" is spelt "traveler" in America.
Welcome, Arnie! Oh my gosh! There are so many medical terms which are spelt (!) differently in England and Canada, such as orthopaedic & dyspnoea. Do you know if that happens just to be a medical quirk, or are other words like that?
Another curiosity: Once upon a time the past tense of the act of killing a person by hanging was "hanged." Nowadays, I only hear "hung." Hearing someone say that someone was hung still makes me think that the speaker is referring to the size of a man's bits and pieces.
quote:Do you know if that happens just to be a medical quirk, or are other words like that?
Encyclopaedia/encyclopedia has already been mentioned. Paedophile/pedophile is another. Aeroplane/airplane could be counted as well.
Most of these words came from the Greek language. Greek physicians were reckoned to be the best in the ancient world (the Hippocratic oath was named after a famous Greek doctor, Hippocrates) and many of the names they gave to diseases/symptoms are still in use today. In lots of cases, new medical words were coined from Greek roots to follow the convention.
Hello people, I'm new here and I'd thought I'd start putting my two cents in! To get back to the original question about the diphthongs, 'ae' and 'oe' are transliterations of the Greek diphthongs alpha-iota and omikron-epsilon respectively. That's why you find these in Greek words, not only ones related to medicine, such as 'archaeology' and 'oeconomics' (yes, it was spelled that way once upon a time). You might have seen in older editions these diphthongs printed with a symbol that makes them look like they're squished together. However, the tendency has been in recent years to simplify spellings, especially in American spelling. Both are correct, depending on which side of the Atlantic you're on.
As for the 'spelled'/ 'spelt' issue, I think that the length of a word does not necessarily determine how difficult it is. The -ed ending is a regular form of the past, thus making it easier, while 'spelt' is an irregular form and more difficult.
I think that was more than two cents' worth - more like 20 Euros' worth!
" think that was more than two cents' worth - more like 20 Euros' worth!" ____________________________ Hello, Museamuse! Funny that you should mention your homeland, as it came up in conversation last night with a friend. I mentioned that another friend had been one of the MIT whiz-kids who designed and built the human-powered airplane that attempted to replicate the Daedalus and Ikarus legend. A Greek cyclist powered it from Crete to Santorini, establishing the world record for human powered flight. Did you know about this? It hapened in the mid-1980s
quote:How did you type those by the way? Are they in the symbols menu in 'Word'? Do you know if they're still used? And will they help me stretch my ligaments?
Well... a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. I happen to know HTML (the language used to write Web pages) and the HTML code (known as "entities") for æ is "æ"; and that for œ is "œ". Æ (unsurprisingly) is "Æ", and so on.
You can use the characters menu in Word to insert ligatures into a Word document, assuming the font you are using has them in its character set -- not all do; however, because of the different ways that Macs, Linux machines and Windows boxes treat text, they won't appear properly on a Web page for everyone unless you use the method I outline above.
They're not used in modern printing much, unless the intention is to give an archaic feel, or a designer likes the "look". For instance, the title page of a book might show "Æsop's Fables", rather than the more mundane "Aesop's Fables".
Dunno about stretching your ligaments, but a ligature round your neck won't do you much good.
quote:Originally posted by Asa Lovejoy: Another curiosity: Once upon a time the past tense of the act of killing a person by hanging was "hanged." Nowadays, I only hear "hung." Hearing someone say that someone was hung still makes me think that the speaker is referring to the size of a man's bits and pieces.
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I remember being told at school that a person could be "hanged" but meat was "hung". Whenever I hear about a hanged person I think of a carcass hanging in the butcher's shop.
Back to the discussion about English and American spelling of medical terms: How do medical researchers find the correct treatment for an ailment if they don't use all possible variations in the spelling? One would hope that Medline has a very good built-in thesaurus.
quote:Do all messages on this forum end up with sexual references?
We do have a fair number of dirty-minded folk, don't we?
quote:One would hope that Medline has a very good built-in thesaurus.
I think they use computers extensively nowadays. They would no doubt be primed with the different spellings, and could probably find something even if the user spells it wrongly. I believe the biggest problem is the possible confusion between different trade names for medicine, and the "generic" name.
quote: Do all messages on this forum end up with sexual references?
And what's wrong with sexual references? We're all adults, aren't we? And the fact that we like words doesn't preclude us liking other things which will naturally 'slip in' to conversation too. (pun intended)
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>How do medical researchers find the correct treatment for an ailment if they don't use all possible variations in the spelling?
>I believe the biggest problem is the possible confusion between different trade names for medicine, and the "generic" name.
Maeve, welcome! Nice to see you aboard. Hope you will give us a chance!
As far as your question, Arnie is correct. With the various spellings of conditions, we have been able to ferret out the differences, basically between the USA vs. Canadian, UK, and Australia; however, as I said, it does pose some interesting publication questions. Likewise, as Arnie said, difficulties do arise with pharmacology, mainly because other English-speaking countries often name the drugs differently. Given that, besides the fact that drugs all have different chemical, trade and generic names and the fact that drug names can be very similar--well, no wonder there aren't more medication errors!