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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 ....


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