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August 20, 2020


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Re: inflecting 'pandemic' (I expect you know this, but perhaps some of your audience does not):

Adding K before the inflections is actually following standard English spelling rules. One of the lesser known rules is that when you add a suffix beginning with E, I, or Y to a word ending in C, a K gets put in between if the pronunciation of the C is not to be changed. Examples are panicky and mimicked. However, if the pronunciation does change, then no K is inserted. Example: lyricist.

Unfortunately, the rule is not well known and thus often violated. For example, you can use Google to find that Quebecer is a much more common spelling than Quebecker.

Dan: This is excellent information. Thanks!

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