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From the May 2002 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Could we please be spared the dreadful made-up term birthing ["Birthing in Brazil," January]? Birth is a noun, not a verb, and should not take an "ing" ending. What's wrong with bearing or giving birth? Otherwise, I enjoy the new, lively Journal.

Editor's note: While birthing isn't our favorite term, either, it did seem more accessible than the other alternatives, like giving birth or bearing, or even the non-"ing" birth (which, by the way, is a verb as well as a noun). We're glad you're reading so closely!

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