Originally Posted by Tnavas
They are marketed as wormers not worms!
The standard term is 'worming' - an action whereby the horse is given a substance that dislodges and/or kills internal parasites. Has been refered to this as long as I can remember - which is a very long time!
And they are marketed incorrectly. I already pointed that out.
Yes, most people do call it "worming" (as evidence in this post) but that is wrong. People will incorrectly say "I need to worm my horse." which if you read that by the meaning, you mean to put a worm in your horse.
The correct term is DE-worming because you are indeed killing, dislodging, and eventually removing the worms from the horse's system. The prefix "de" means "to remove" or "to reduce". Which is why the word "DE-capitate" means to remove someone's head.
(Only quick example I could think of.) Thus to DE-worm means to remove the worms from the horse's body.
Yes we're still talking about the same thing, and yes people will still know what you are talking about (and yes this is off topic to the original poster, I apologize
). But I personally like to speak in correct terminology when it comes to deworming. I wouldn't be in the medical profession if I wasn't anal about stuff like that.