Suffix -al Revisited

  title={Suffix -al Revisited},
  author={E. Mortimer},
  journal={JAMA Pediatrics},
  • E. Mortimer
  • Published 1997
  • Medicine
  • JAMA Pediatrics
  • I read with interest the comments by Joseph Gross, MD, on the use of the suffix - al, as well as the editor's response ( Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 1997;151: 430). A few years ago a colleague and I had the unfortunate experience of a copy editor adding - al every time a word ending in - ic appeared in material we had submitted. Our prose was modified with such choice embellishments as epidemical, endemical, antibiotical, genetical, and the like. Our insistence on change was futile until we sent a… CONTINUE READING

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