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Re: [Waaaaaay OT] Grammer

On Wed, Oct 22, 2003 at 03:55:19PM +0200, Nicos Gollan wrote:
> It's "grammar".
> On Wednesday 22 October 2003 15:45, Roberto Sanchez wrote:
> > Not trying to start a flame-fest here, but the correct plural form of
> > virus is viruses.
> Last thing I heard was that the original word had no plural at all, so as I 
> see it we're all free to write what we want. "Little dead protein strands in 
> protective protein hulls" is my favourite, but "valid reasons to shoot the 
> a**holes who wrote 'em" is a close second. :-)

Languages evolve by consensus.  I saw a great proggie on TLC once about 
the guys who decide what is and isn't a word.  There are some 
spectacular flamefests in the professional societies about it.

"No entry found for virii."

My personal pet peeve is:
oc·to·pus    ( P )  Pronunciation Key  (kt-ps)
n. pl. oc·to·pus·es or oc·to·pi (-p)

Octopus is greek.  The correct plural is octopuses damn it!


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