Re: Klez.H worm preserved in Debian BTS
On Saturday 02 November 2002 01:24, Craig Dickson wrote:
> I think you missed my point. Most computer people wouldn't have the
> slightest idea what the Latin plural of anything is, yet we seem to have
> an annoying fixation on trying to use Latin or other unusual forms of
> words based on incorrect inferences. Hence "Unices", "Vaxen", "virii",
> etc. (There is a certain amount of intentional humor in this, of
> course.) So it doesn't strike me as odd at all that we would tend to
> have more trouble than most people in this area. A biologist like Mr.
> Garrett, on the other hand, has had enough exposure to Latin (via
> taxonomy and other technical nomenclature) to have a better chance of
> getting a plural right.
I'd just like to throw in another theory:
Box - Boxen
Virus - Viren
is correct german (and the like is quite common for forming the plural). So
Vax - Vaxen
is just an application for that scheme, apart from eg Vaxes sounding awful in
german and still not much better in english ....