Or a G.
Or an H.
Btw -phagus means eating, just an interesting fact for the people taht didnt know it. (and yes the -phagus in sarcophagus also stands for eating...)
(I had read too fast and thought it said "... to need both an o and a u in it though")
and huh isnt through the same in us as in uk spelling?
The water went right through the trough though, tough I thought. (it had a hole) :D English is weird whether (weather) it is american or british.
(Just made that sentence up, I like it haha) (troo, truf,do, tof tot or something ;) )
Regardless, there are plenty of words which I think Americans spell much more sensibly than us lot on this side of the water.
Although I do despise some bastardisations such as using EZ to mean easy. That's a bit different though as it's more like an abbreviation than a difference in spelling. It doesn't help that it doesn't make immediately obvious sense to an English person - 'ee-zed..? WTF is that supposed to mean...' - but I dislike the whole fashion of missing out vowels, using numbers in place of letters, etc. - XTC instead of ecstasy, 4tune instead of fortune, etc
Œ is a Latin alphabet grapheme probably from the middle ages, a ligature of o and e. In medieval and early modern Latin, it was used to represent the Greek diphthong οι.
So, there are no 'redundant' letters in Oesophagus; we just can't spell it these days, either side of the Atlantic. It should be œsophagus, as œ is a single letter.
Pretty interesting stuff, huh?
Couple of quibbles: belly button is "umbilicus" not navel. I see umbilicus is accepted, but that should be the term listed first, not the alternative.
Spleen does not "store" blood, not in the same way gallbladder stores bile. Spleen acts to "filter" out blood, basically gets rid of red cells that are too old and not compressible enough to pass through its capillary system. Plus it does antigen presentation, sequesters some infectious agents, lots of other tasks. It's not easy being spleen.
To be more accurate, I would also rephrase "organ that produces insulin" to "Organ wherein most insulin is produced". There are insulin producing cells outside of the pancreas and technically again neogenesis of the exocrine and endocrine pancreas is quite distinct and it is only by accident that in most mammals islets are within pancreas (not so in other species).
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