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Is it Supersede or Supercede (...and never Superceed or Super SEED.)
This TIPSY post comes from another post on Facebook. Isn't it funny how when you struggle to find something creative to write about, things begin to jump out at you unexpectedly?
Today is about the word supersede.
su·per·sede \sü-per-'sed\ transitive verb: to take the place of (someone or something that is old, no longer useful, etc.) — to replace (someone or something)
Pretty simple and straightforward, right?
According to a post on a friend's Facebook page, someone on a website had posted the following:
"Sometimes policy super SEEDS the law."
Someone then corrected this person saying it was spelled superSEDE.
Then someone else said superCEDE.
Again, this sent me on a mission to find out which is correct—knowing that unless they are growing huge fruits and vegetables, super SEEDS is just all kinds of wrong.
According to the Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS), the correct spelling is supersede with an s, not with the letter c.
Supercede is an alternate spelling but is not recommended.
(Grammarly.com says supercede in some places... and I'm on a mission to find out why.)
From Alchemipedia Blogspot:
Supersede comes from the Middle English superceden, to postpone.
The only word in the english language that ends in -sede.
Means to take the place of or replace. Can mean to discard or set aside as obsolete or inferior.
Supersede Mnemonic: Super SEED with the ED Inverted = Supersede
Let that one sink in.... Supersede is spelled with an s... but comes from the word 'superceden'... Is it any wonder people are confused?
Oh, and please... don't plant any super SEEDS. We don't want another 'Jack and the Beanstalk' scenario.
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