I’m in a pedicure mood, and I want one now. So I did a search for “pedi cure near me” and was surprised to find that the top result is my blog post about the spelling of pedicure.
Google’s ads are at the top of this search result, and then my blog post is highlighted as if it were an ad. The ad/highlighted result says “pedicure or a pedicure? :a blog on the spelling of pedicure”, so it seems that Google is taking the title, removing all punctuation, and using that as the anchor text. (And they must trust me, since they don’t use any rel=nofollow on the link.)
The bottom results are real ads, including this one: “Check Out Pedi Cure On Ask.com”. (Ask is owned by InterActiveCorp which owns Match.com.)
Pedicure is the correct spelling.
Pedicure or pedi cure?
This is a common misspelling of the word pedicure.
A pedicure is a treatment for feet and toenails, that includes cleaning, trimming, filing, painting and massage.
Some people spell it pedi cure but this is not correct. A pedi cure is a made-up word.
There are many other words (such as manicure) which also have the -cure suffix, meaning remedy or solution.
The word pedicure comes from the Latin word for foot (pedis) and the French word for care (cure). The word first entered English in 1754.
I did a pedicure on my sister today and we were discussing if it is spelled pedicure or pedicure. I have always thought that it was a pedicure, but she thought that it was a pedicure. We decided to look up the answer and couldn’t find an answer anywhere, so we thought we would post the question on this spelling blog!
I am not sure which one is right because I have seen it spelled both ways. I will consult my favorite spelling book, When Do You Double The Final Consonant? by Nellie M. Kirkpatrick to see if there is an answer in there. There is no answer in the book, but there are some examples of words that are like this word. Here are the examples:
Pedi cure or pedi cure?
Pedicure or pedicure?
To pedi cure, or to pedi cure: that is the question.
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
The spelling pedicure is one of those words that has gone through several changes over the centuries. The word started as a Latin expression, pedi cura (foot care), which was then turned into the French pédicure.
The French pédicure underwent some changes in spelling before it became the English pedicure. The change from é to e is fairly common when words are borrowed from French, but not always consistent. For instance, we still spell café and résumé with an accent mark. A second change also occurred: in Old French, the circumflex accent over the i was used to indicate that it was a long vowel sound. When the word was borrowed into English, this accent mark was dropped and replaced with a double letter (since in English two cs make a long c sound).
By the early 1900s, however, pedicure began to be spelled with an i instead of a y. This change may have been due to confusion with the word manicure, which shares the same root: manus (Latin for “hand”). Or there may have been some influence from some other words also ending in -cure (such as cure or secure), which are generally spelled without a y. Either way, this
When it comes to pedicures and manicures, we’re all on the same page, right? It’s pedicure when you’re talking about your feet, and manicure when you’re talking about your hands.
Not so fast.
In fact, there is a lot of debate over the proper spelling of these words. People often seem to be confused about whether they should be spelled “pedicure” or “pedicure,” or “manicure” or “manicure.”
Well, in my humble opinion, the answer is straightforward. Pedicure and manicure are both correct spellings of these words. The only difference is that the former refers to care of the fingernails and/or hands, while the latter refers to care of the toes and/or feet.
If you are uncertain which spelling is correct for your purposes, simply ask yourself two simple questions: (1) Are you referring to care for your hands or feet? (2) Are you referring to care for your nails or toes? Answering these two questions will help you determine which spelling is correct for what you are trying to say.
It is important to note that the word pedicure comes from the Latin word pedis meaning “of the foot” and cura meaning “cure”. Therefore, the correct spelling of pedicure is pedicure.
Though you may see instances of pedicure with a d, these are incorrect. Some people mistakenly add the d to make it appear more like the word manicure. However, when broken down by syllable, this would mean that we would have to spell manicure mani cure. This spelling is not correct. Though there are some similarities between the two words, they do not have the same roots or origins.