Out of curiousity, I just googled for the frequency of the erroneous "supercede". (I'd inadvertently written it again as "-cede": even though I know* it's not spelled that way, and I even know *why it's not spelled that way, it still pops out like that now and then. Bit of a recurring blind spot.)
The strange thing is that google didn't flag it as an error when I searched for "supercede", it didn't ask "Do you mean supersede ?"

Odd, that. Is "supercede" considered an acceptable variant in some circles?

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Out of curiousity, I just googled for the frequency of the erroneous "supercede". (I'd inadvertently written it again as "-cede": ... it didn't ask "Do you mean supersede ?" Odd, that. Is "supercede" considered an acceptable variant in some circles?

W3NID has it listed as a variant of "supersede".
Out of curiousity, I just googled for the frequency of the erroneous "supercede". (I'd inadvertently written it again as "-cede": ... it didn't ask "Do you mean supersede ?" Odd, that. Is "supercede" considered an acceptable variant in some circles?

Yeah, I remember learning that here before. Merriam-Webster has it as a variant, and as I recall, a number of other dictionaries do, too.

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-snip re: google doesn't flag up "supercede"-
Odd, that. Is "supercede" considered an acceptable variant in some circles?

Yeah, I remember learning that here before. Merriam-Webster has it as a variant, and as I recall, a number of other dictionaries do, too.

Ah: I missed that discussion.
Did it establish if the acceptance as a variant rather than recording it as a common-but-erroneous spelling like, say, "cemetary" - - is recent or pondian?
(Burchfield who's not shy about accepting variants classes it as an error even though he notes early forms with a "c".)

Cheers, Harvey
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On 18 Oct 2003, Donna Richoux wrote

-snip re: google doesn't flag up "supercede"-

Yeah, I remember learning that here before. Merriam-Webster has it as a variant, and as I recall, a number of other dictionaries do, too.

Ah: I missed that discussion. Did it establish if the acceptance as a variant rather than recording it as ... not shy about accepting variants classes it as an error even though he notes early forms with a "c".)

The 11th edition of *Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary* has the following usage note for "supercede": " Supercede has occurred as a spelling variant of supersede since the 17th century, and it is common in current published writing. It continues, however, to be widely regarded as an error."
The online version of the Encarta World English Dictionary appears to have a bug. When you do a search for "supercede" it takes you to the entry for "replace." See
http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/DictionaryResults.aspx?search=supercede

or
http://tinyurl.com/rein
To actually learn something about "supercede," it is necessary to go to the entry for "supersede," where a usage note shows the "-cede" spelling to be an error.

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Odd, that. Is "supercede" considered an acceptable variant in some circles?

M-W 11 lists supercede under its own entry, merely as a variant of supersede, but it doesn't list it as an alternate spelling in the supersede entry. I find that strange.

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Odd, that. Is "supercede" considered an acceptable variant in some circles?

M-W 11 lists supercede under its own entry, merely as a variant of supersede, but it doesn't list it as an alternate spelling in the supersede entry. I find that strange.

I read that as meaning "We think you might see and want to look it up; but if you already know it's we don't want to give you the idea that is acceptable."

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I read that as meaning "We think you might see and want to look it up; but if you already know it's we don't want to give you the idea that is acceptable."

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Out of curiousity, I just googled for the frequency of the erroneous "supercede". (I'd inadvertently written it again as "-cede": ... flag it as an error when I searched for "supercede", it didn't ask "Do you mean supersede ?"(snip)

Does Google suggest alternatives only for things it considers errors? Google has once or twice suggested incorrect alternatives to my correct searches, so I suspect its criteria are not the same as ours. Could it be looking at similar searches others have done, when deciding to suggest a variation?

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