Real Spellers

English Makes Sense!

Article Index

crisis

Some semantic interpretations:

Consider the etymology of the word “crisis” found in Etymonline

crisis (n.)

early 15c., crise, crisis, "decisive point in the progress of a disease," also "vitally important or decisive state of things, point at which change must come, for better or worse," from Latinized form of Greek krisis "turning point in a disease, that change which indicates recovery or death" (used as such by Hippocrates and Galen), literally "judgment, result of a trial, selection," from krinein "to separate, decide, judge," from PIE root *krei- "to sieve," thus "discriminate, distinguish."

Reflect on the aptness of the etymology of this word when discussing the climate crisis.

Some orthographic investigations:

This word has a final, single, final <s> and is not a plural. There is a convention that complete English words that could be a plural avoid looking like a plural if they are not. There are a number of orthographic conventions that have evolved for “plural canceling”. One is doubling a final <s> (e.g. <business>, <glass>). Another is using the orthographic marker <e> as a plural cancelling marker (See Venezky, 1999). That explains the final, non-syllabic <e> in words like <please>, <house> and countless other words.

Any hypotheses why <crisis> does not have a plural canceling marker <e>? (Hint, note the first historical root (in italics in Etymonline) is crisis.

Comments (1)

This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

I recently received this lovely message from an environmental group called Sofar Ocean.

I was delighted to find they discovered this Real Spellers post that so clearly targets their interests and that the were asking about linking to each others' work. Absolutely! This kind of connection just reinforces the value of using structured word inquiry instruction as a means of deepening understanding of content areas.

Also, I've posted this comment in this special 'interactive format' of my original post that Real Spellers webmaster Matt Berman put together. The text of my original piece is the same, but Matt has created this format so that the reader can click on the identified words (at right) for resources, and those links can also be found in the text of the post. I hope to collaborate with Matt for more of these interactive kinds of posts. If you like to print off and study such documents on paper, you can go to the original post for the WordWorks Newsletter #99 at THIS LINK.

Below is the message from Sofar Ocean and the link to their work. Let's keep the col + labor + ate/ + ing going!

Hi there,

I’m Alexander from the Sofar Ocean editorial team. We connect the world’s oceans to provide insights to science, society, and industry for a more sustainable planet.

I’m reaching out because your post caught our attention as we were searching for ocean temperature, marine ecosystem, environmental disaster, climate crisis, coral reef ecosystem-related topics.

I was wondering if you can link it to our piece How Does Climate Change Affect the Ocean since we are of the same wavelength and have the same type of readers.

You may tag it/backlink it to any relevant text in any of your articles that you deem relevant. As a token of good faith, the Sofar Ocean team would be happy to campaign your website and content across our social media channels.

Let me know what you think.

Cheers,

Alexander Brown

Peter Bowers
There are no comments posted here yet