[linux-elitists] Pedantry (was: Swen)

Andrew akohlsmith-le@benshaw.com
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?  :-)

Regards,
Andrew



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