Quick Answers to Questions from Google Search

G Site Kit has a section where it recommends blog posts to answer real Google searches. Here are some questions and some answers. The answers should be taken as my opinion rather than as anything reliable.

Question 1:

Is the word recesstution a correct spelling?

Well, it’s a nonstandard spelling. Is any spelling really more correct than any other spelling? Yes. I believe so, anyway. But to address this word. What is it? It could be one of many things. It could be all of many things. It could be somewhere in between those two extremes.

It’s possible that what was desired was resuscitation (bringing people back from the dead).

Here’s the etymology to make it easier to remember the spelling:

resuscitate (v.)

1530s, “revive, restore, revivify (a thing), restore (a person) to life,” from Latin resuscitatus, past participle of resuscitare “rouse again, revive,” from re- “again” (see re-) + suscitare “to raise, revive,” from sub “(up from) under” (see sub-) + citare “to summon” (see cite). The intransitive sense of “recover from apparent death” is recorded from 1650s. Related: Resuscitatedresuscitating. Earlier were resuscen “restore (someone) to life, resurrect” (c. 1400); resusciten (mid-15c.), from Old French resusciter, Latin resuscitare.

It’s possible that what was desired was restitution (making up for a loss), as is often the case.

restitution (n.)

early 14c., restitucioun, “a making good or giving equivalent for crime, debt, injury, etc.;” late 14c., “restoration of goods, land, etc. to a former owner, repayment of money;” from Old French restitucion or directly from Latin restitutionem (nominative restitutio) “a restoring,” noun of action from past-participle stem of restituere “set up again, restore, rebuild, replace, revive, reinstate, re-establish,” from re- “again, to a former state” (see re-) + statuere “to set up” (from PIE root *sta- “to stand, make or be firm”).

Of course, it could be spelled correctly if recesstution means what’s needed after being kept in class well into the break.

Question 2:

Do bang good woodworking tools come in inches as well as millimeters?

Answer: Sure! Anything that’s good in metric is probably better in normal units. And if you can’t find it, just convert metric to normal. An inch is 2.54cm.

Question 3:

I don’t get vowels in spelling

It’s not really a question, but I understand the sentiment. And the gripe. No one just gets vowels. You have to buy them.

Keep asking questions!

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