View Poll Results: Do you say 'antivenin', or 'antivenom'?
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:56 AM
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Antivenin, or antivenom?

Inspired by this thread.

Do you say 'antivenin', or 'antvenom'?

(FWIW, my spell-checker doesn't like 'antivenom'.)
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:16 PM
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Inspired by this thread.

Do you say 'antivenin', or 'antvenom'?

(FWIW, my spell-checker doesn't like 'antivenom'.)
The name "antivenin" comes from the French word venin, meaning venom, which in turn was derived from Latin venenum, meaning poison.

Historically antivenin was predominant around the world. The first published use of the term was in 1895.[2] In 1981, the World Health Organization decided that the preferred terminology in the English language would be venom and antivenom rather than venin and antivenin or venen and antivenene.


From the wiki .
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:17 PM
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See, I learned the word as a child -- which was well before 1981 -- so I use the former term.
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:30 PM
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See, I learned the word as a child -- which was well before 1981 -- so I use the former term.
And I learned the word as a child -- which was well before 1981 -- so I use the latter term.

Wait...
But I DO use "antivenom," and in fact I'm not sure I've ever run into "antivenin," and I certainly learned the word before 1981.

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Old 06-03-2012, 01:39 PM
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Google ngrams says antivenin was more common than antivenom through about 1990, but that things have been more even since then. Both words have been used since about 1900, though.
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Antivenin; and I used to do work with venomous reptiles. Both terms are commonly used, neither is incorrect.
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:46 PM
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Well according to some people in that thread, it may as well be antipoison, because poison and venom are the same thing! (they're not)
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:28 PM
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Antivenin, of course. I would have thought "antivenom" was something like the bullet with Rush Limbaugh's name on it.
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Neither. The spelling that I was taught is antivenene.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:07 AM
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I've never even heard the word antivenin. I thought it was a joke in the previous thread.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:59 AM
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nm wrong thread.

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Old 06-04-2012, 07:11 AM
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Why does the World Health Organization get to change existing words? Do the good folks at Oxford English Dictionary get to declare sodium chloride a poison?
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I don't think I've ever heard of antivenin.
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Antivenin.
This is not something I want to screw up in the emergency room.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:08 PM
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I say antivenom, because it feels more natural. And, to avoid ambiguity around younger or less-educated people who might mistakenly think I'm mispronouncing it. But I'm familiar with both forms, having read a LOT of old books in my time (I was an Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes mystery junkie in middle school). I was born in 1984 though, which is probably why -venom feels more natural than -venin.
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Never said it but would probably say antivenom.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:40 PM
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I say "antivenom," even though I know it's wrong. It's just easier.

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Old 06-11-2012, 05:47 PM
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Spam reported. That linked site looks really sketchy.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:39 PM
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Spam reported. That linked site looks really sketchy.
What's with this Hall Monitor "Reported." stuff I keep seeing? OMG, gotta change forums! Spam!
Am I missing something?
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:10 PM
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When it's legitimate to report a particular link as spam, noting that one has done so is a good way to avoid duplication of effort. Be kind of ironic to "spam" the mods with a spate of spam reports.

Or are you kvetching about people having a low threshold for which commercial links they consider to be spam?
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Or are you kvetching about people having a low threshold for which commercial links they consider to be spam?
Kvetching about folks reporting inconsequential things like a hall monitor.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:35 PM
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We usually get 2-4 separate reports regarding a spam post. These get forwarded to our e-mails, kind of like when you get a new private message. Speaking for myself, I appreciate it when people put it out there when they've reported something.
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Thank you.
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I happen to know that Bangkok Post style guidelines for its writers and editors specifically say to use "antivenin" and not "antivenom."
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:23 AM
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I happen to know that Bangkok Post style guidelines for its writers and editors specifically say to use "antivenin" and not "antivenom."
My mistake the Bangkok Post's actually say to use antivenene and not antivenom. "Antivenin" is not mentioned at all.
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