[linux-elitists] Pedantry (was: Swen)
Sun Sep 21 17:47:23 PDT 2003
> "Virii" would be the plural of the mythical word "virius", assuming
> that "virius" were a third-declension masculine noun. Given that
> "virus" is neuter, one would be tempted to pluralize it "virora" (just
> as "opus" becomes "opera"). The truth of the matter is that "virus"
> in Latin is a substance, like air, and cannot be pluralized. Thus,
> the plural of "virus" is "viruses".
Thanks for the Latin lesson. Very clear and I can use it to bash others who
use 'virii' over the head with...
Although I must admit that the word "virola" is growing on me; are you sure
we can't use that one? :-)
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