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Chris -- 2011-03-08
The word “capsule” may be a hidden eggcorn for some people. The etymology of the word has nothing to do with “cap,” either the popular headgear (“baseball cap”) or the metal piece removed to consume a bottle of soda pop (“bottle cap”). Gel capsules, however, do appear to have one part that “caps” the other part.
By the way, what’s up with “capsual?” A huge number of web sites spell “capsule” this way – perhaps . Is this some attempt to spell phonetically a British pronunciation of “capsule?”
Last edited by kem (2012-01-31 13:48:34)
I was about to mention ‘encaptulate’ which nicely illustrates the idea of a capsule having somehow captured its contents but find that David beat me to it. I was also surprised to learn that AmEnglish does not rhyme capsule with granule or module for example. Both of the latter frequently appear as granual and modual too.
Speaking of encapsualation made think that this variant might be out there: encupsulation, i.e. being cupped, if not in your cups. Lots of cupsules being consumed too.
An excellent fitting boot designed to encupsulate and support the tendon.
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