Friday, December 25, 2015

poinsetta/poinsettia: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Friday, December 25, 2015

Those showy plants that appear in the stores around Christmas are “poinsettias,” named after American diplomat John R. Poinsett who introduced them into the US from Mexico. The Latin ending “-ia” is seldom pronounced as spelled, but that’s no justification for misspelling the word as “poinsetta.”

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