Definition:Dissection/Linguistic Note

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Linguistic Note on Dissection

The word dissection is commonly misparsed and consequently mispronounced.

It is surprisingly common to conflate it with bisection, which (in certain contexts) means dissection into two equal parts.

Consequently it can be seen pronounced di-section, where the first syllable is sounded as the English word die.

In extreme cases, it can often also be seen spelt disection, which is always incorrect.

In fact, accurate parsing shows that the first syllable is dis, so pronounced, having the same linguistic purpose as the same syllable as dismember, disassociate, dismiss and so on.