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Topic: When did Venusian become an acceptable synonym for Venerian?
Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017 6:40:54 PM
The word "Venerian" has always been the correct modern US English word for references to the planet Venus. Modern in this case refers to Daniel Webster and later.

Today, I saw NASA use "Venusian" instead of "Venerian." Although many people confuse Venereal (referring to the goddess Venus) and Venusian (referring to the planet Venus), Venusian has always been considered an error.

When did it become OK to use Venusian to refer to something related to the planet?

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