Here’s one that gives me fits. I’m always misspelling “homicide” as “homocide”. Aaaand within an embarassingly short time, someone makes a crack about “homocide” being the killing of or by a gay person. (Which by the way, I should point out that I specifically do NOT advocate killing someone based on their sexual orientation, or based on anything for that matter. It’s just a spelling mistake! …Can you tell I’ve built up quite a complex over this? :smack: )
I looked up “homo” and “homi” and all I found was a definition of “homo”, being a prefix for relating something to the human race, and secondly as a slang term for a gay person. No results for “homi”. Nor for “homic”, which is apparently a root word for “homicide”… And I can’t think of any other words that start with “homi-”.
And then it gets weird. The prefix “homo-” doesn’t always relate specifically to mankind. “Homogeneous” means “of the same kind”. “Homophone” means “sounding alike”. Indeed, “homosexual” indicates sexual relations with another member of the same gender, not specifically within the human realm. Arg.
So what’s the deal here? Why do we spell it “homi-”? What makes the spelling “homocide” incorrect? Does homicide specifically imply killing of a human by a human, or can a dog killing another dog be called homicide?
The Dun King