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Spelling tips – inoculate

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Inoculating the Petrifilm

‘Inoculate’ has only one ‘n’ and one ‘c’.

It doesn’t look right, but that’s the way it is. Here’s how to remember:

Please iNoCulate me so I have No Chance of getting the disease.

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13/03/2010 at 12:09 pm

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  1. From Lat “in” + “oculus” (eye or bud). It originally meant to graft a bud onto a plant and only took the modern meaning in the early 18th C. We might expect double N’s because it sounds negative (but isn’t).

    Michael Farrell

    13/03/2010 at 2:15 pm

    • Thanks, Michael — how interesting! The word ‘inoculate’ has a strange evolution.


      13/03/2010 at 3:32 pm

  2. Innocuous: from Lat “in” (not) + “nocuus” (injurious).

    Michael Farrell

    13/03/2010 at 2:17 pm

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