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July 31, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(5):248. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440310046011

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In answer to a valued contributor who objected to dropping the final "al" from the words physiological and biological, the Editor recently wrote:

"In regard to request for change of spelling I have to say that the Journal long ago adopted the recommendation of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. However, your reprint will appear spelled as you wish. I quite sympathize with your feeling in the matter, but I suppose that our ancestors—some of them at least—raised a protest when the word 'arme' had the final 'e' dropped; the word 'legge' lost one 'g' and one 'e'; when the word 'thighe' lost its final 'e.' These happen to occur to me as I sit here, as specimens of how our language has grown by excision."

We print this because of other protests of the same character; in Vol. XXII, p. 25 will be found more

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