Commonly Misspelled Aquarium Words

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I know, these are just pretty hard to spell. Like who the heck named Lake Tanganyika? (Very ironically, I think I might have spelled that wrong) But I thought that if we had a list of these words, it might help. Everyone feel free to add all you want to it.

Here's the format: incorrect spelling of word - correct spelling of word

Fish

chiclid - cichlid

betta - betta

arawana - arowana

pirahna - piranha

Plants

camboba - cambomba
 

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What about corys vs cories. I spell it corys because cory is an abreviation and therefore does not get the -ie conversion.
 

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Oh, I'll add this one:

platty vs. platy
And then, reading Jaysee's response, I suppose I would add:
platys vs. platies - in this case, "platy" is not an abbreviation, so gets the "ie" at the end?
 

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"cories" vs "corys" and "platies" vs "platys" is not all that defined.
For one thing, I don't know of any rule stating that an abbreviation ending with "y" doesn't get the "ies" treatment when going plural. In fact, as abbreviations are informal, whatever the community that created the abbreviation decides on as "acceptable" is, by default, correct.
Also, at least for platies, Webster's Dictionary lists either as suitable (it has no entry for cories or for corydoras, so I can't go with that).
I use the "ies" because, if I see "ys," I automatically read it as a short i instead of a long e.
 

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amonia - ammonia

re:corys / cories
actually, I think the way it should appear is....

wait for it


cory's

in English (well in Aussie English ),

you have the word corydora, if I want to abbreviate it, cory', thus plural = cory's

(in much the same way as that's = that is, the apostrophe indicates an abbreviation)
 
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here's an interesting page:


jaysee said:
Apostrophies are for ownership and contractions...
My interpretation is that cory's is an abbreviation (contraction) of corydoras, thus I believe the use of an apostrophe is 'correct' ???

such that: my cory's algae wafer would refer to a single cory owning an algae wafer

my school of cory's would refer to the plural contraction of corydoras.

Isn't English a wonderful language .
 

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Nope. If the contraction was for "cory is", you could turn it to "cory's". However, we're talking about making it plural. I believe the last section of that page covers pluralism pretty well.
Cory's would refer to an object owned by a singular cory. Cories'/corys' would refer to an object owned by multiple cories.
 

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here's an interesting page:




My interpretation is that cory's is an abbreviation (contraction) of corydoras, thus I believe the use of an apostrophe is 'correct' ???

such that: my cory's algae wafer would refer to a single cory owning an algae wafer

my school of cory's would refer to the plural contraction of corydoras.

Isn't English a wonderful language .
The Honors English student in me is cringing at this thread.

Ryan, here is the rule (from your link) that would apply to your "cory's" situation:
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Don't ever use an apostrophe when a word simply ends in 's' because it's plural.

The use of the apostrophe in the word highlighted in red below, "boat's" is incorrect.
There were a lot of boat's.

The 's' just means there were more than one. It makes no sense whatever to include an apostrophe there.
 
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So I would say "my school of corys' algae wafers"...

But for some reason, it always turns out "my school of corys's algae wafers"...

 

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Or, to avoid confusion, you could say, "The algae wafers of my school of corydoras"
 

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I'm enjoying this, as it highlights just how awkward this language can be

How about this then, since the word cory is derived from the genus Corydoras, does that mean I would have a single Corydoras.

Therefore, what is the correct plural (forgetting about abbreviations)?
Corydorases
Corydori (e.g. one Cactus, many Cacti)

meenu - technically the word is 'Honours', overtime it seems that Americans have shortened it to Honors, as they have done with colour to colors, which makes my grammar school education cringe when I see it. <teasing>

That's why my original post stated Aussie English .

[edit: I guess this post now negates all my previous ones in this thread ]
 
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meenu - technically the word is 'Honours', overtime it seems that Americans have shortened it to Honors, as they have done with colour to colors. <teasing>
We also changed "corydoras" to cory.

That apostrophe rule came from your link, Aussie.
 
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Hehe. Ryan, let me add a bit to your post.

Corydorases
Corydori
Corydores (e.g. one Mantis, many Mantes)

But then Corydoras is a genus name. We say one Bos primigenius and many Bos primigenius (cow). One Gallus gallus domesticus and many Gallus gallus domesticus (chicken). One Corydoras paleatus and many Corydoras paleatus (peppered corydoras). One Corydoras [in general] and many Corydoras.

So we should just leave it as it is.
 

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Therefore, what is the correct plural (forgetting about abbreviations)?
Corydorases
Corydori (e.g. one Cactus, many Cacti)
The plural of cactus is actually cacti, cactuses, or evem cactus

technically the word is 'Honours', overtime it seems that Americans have shortened it to Honors, as they have done with colour to colors
Then there's my favorite (I mean favourite...) aluminium-aluminum

 
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Even though I live in the US, for some odd reason, when I write quickly, I seem to alternate between the English and British spelling of words...

"When white light from the sun is separated into different colours, the colors..."
 

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We also changed "corydoras" to cory.

That apostrophe rule came from your link, Aussie.
Yes agreed, I'm now thoroughly confused as to which is correct. It does pose an interesting question as to what will happen to the language over the next few years as the current generation continues to abbreviate and destroy the language

Back on topic though:

I have regularly seen:
phospate/posphate - phosphate
newtral/nutral - neutral (referring to pH)

and I think many latin/proper names are very regularly mispelled.
 

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Even though I live in the US, for some odd reason, when I write quickly, I seem to alternate between the English and British spelling of words...

"When white light from the sun is separated into different colours, the colors..."
lol....
English is the native tongue of England and member of the United Kingdom .

Britain could refer to the United Kingdom, a sovereign state in north western Europe or Great Britain, the largest island in the British Isles
Or it could also refer Britain VA


OK, sorry sorry sorry, way off topic now.
 
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