Wholistic or Holistic?

March 6, 2013

You may or may not have noticed that when I mention my Wholistic Nutrition course I spell “wholistic” with a “w”.

Well, the other day, someone kindly pointed out that I spell “wholistic” incorrectly. I’m fully aware that here in North America the word is spelled “holistic”, however I choose to spell it with a “w”. Why?

Well, because…

1. It’s an Australian thing (and I’m an Aussie), and

2.  consider this ……

… Wholistic … contains the word “whole” … and means complete. While Holistic contains the word “hole” … and means (to me at least) incomplete or empty.

Would you rather follow a modality that has wholeness at its core, or a hole at its core?

Think about it.

In all fairness, “holism” comes from the Greek word “holos” which means all, whole, entire, total (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holism) so use of the word “holistic” is not incorrect. In fact, some would argue that, because of its root origins (holos), that it is THE way the word should be spelled.

As true as that may be it’s not something I agree with, nor does it feel right. Whenever I see “holistic” I immediately think of a hole, therefore I choose to use “wholistic” whenever I’m referring to my courses, my practice or to any aspect of my life.

For me, everything in life is interconnected and united – whole. If I viewed everything in life as being disconnected and fragmented, then it would indeed be hole.

Can you see the difference?

Hopefully you can, and if not then at very least  I’ve hopefully given you some food for though.




1 Comment

  1. Kathie
    Apr 21, 2013

    I thoroughly agree with you but I also see the word ‘hole’ as referring to being more spiritually based, whereas ‘whole’ encompasses the entire, including the spiritual.
    Kathie 🙂

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