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A spicy alternative memory

Some are saying it never existed at all, some are saying it's spelled "tumeric", some are saying it's spelled "turmeric" and to cap it all some are saying it's both, with videos proving it.

Stemming from the Ginger plant family, Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Southeast Asia as an additive in various foods. It also provides a mean line in face packs, according to a few Google search results.

But how can it be spelled correctly both ways, as in the image? It could be a cultural thing, along the lines of Americans using "color" for the British "colour".

In any case, it seems our sturdy little plant has been around long enough not to really care ;-)


A Google search for "tumeric" gets switched to "turmeric". It's almost certainly down to the fact the common usage is when talking about the spice, and not paying attention to how it's written down because both ways are pronounced the same. When these kind of identical-sounding words arise, there's always the possibility the most expected way of spelling it becomes more established. Clerely there is a big precedent with this in the Mandela Effect world with the Berenstain Bears.

Wikipedia covers the origin of the name

The name possibly derives from Middle English or Early Modern English as turmeryte or tarmaret. It may be of Latin origin, terra merita ("meritorious earth"). The name of the genus, Curcuma, is derived from the Sanskrit kunkuma, referring to both turmeric and saffron, used in India since ancient times.

There's another rumour about this spice, and in particular the name. Some say it has anti-tumour properties, and that's because of its name, i.e. Tumouric. This probably started as another varioation on the spelling, and slipped in some of the percieved benefits of the natural herb culture too.