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August 29, 2008


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Thank you! Just the info I was after... I'm doing UK/US english localisation work and just kept staring at supercede trying to work out what was wrong with it...

Virtual Linguist

Thanks for your comments, Gwyn, and thanks for dropping by and reading.


Thanks for this - i was CONVINCED that the word supersede should have been spelt with a "c"!

Virtual Linguist

Thanks for your comment, Denise. A lot of sources do spell it with a 'c', so it's not surprising that you should have been convinced.


Thank you - from another person who was convinced it MUST be supercede - I love the other words ending in -cede and will attempt to use!

Virtual Linguist

Thanks for reading, and for your comment, Caroline. Glad it helped.


Thanks for the explanation - also was convinced it was -cede!

Virtual Linguist

Thanks, Taras.


This one stumped me...having an explanation will help me remember. So thanks for that!

Although, with the way English works, if enough people spell it with a 'c' we could see it as an alternate spelling in future dictionaries, no? :)

Virtual Linguist

Thanks, D. The single-volume Oxford Dictionary of English has a usage note at 'supersede', which says that the spelling with c, supercede, is "now entered without comment in some modern dictionaries".

Rob Kerr

The spelling with 'c' has been used since the 17th century, and, given that viewing it as an error requires accepting that Latin spelling rules should take precedence over usage, I think I will continue to insist on spelling it with a 'c'.

Virtual Linguist

Thanks for reading and for your comment, Rob.

Steve Murphy

Very interesting read and explanation, thank you.
Sadly I'm one of the 10%, but supercede will always look better in my eyes!!


One point that annoys me everyday when I hear even news readers and TV personalities saying eg I bought it with me today instead of brought . Why do many English people use Bought instead of Brought ie to Bring ?

Virtual Linguist

Thank you for your comment, John. I suppose bought and brought sound similar, and people don't read enough to understand the difference the R makes.

Adrian Foster

Nice one!

Bob Smith

By the way, you misspelled "misspelt."

Virtual Linguist

Misspelt is the British English spelling. Thanks for reading.

Fiona B

Very helpful from another "convinced" "c" user!

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