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I must say, since I'm trying to spark an honest and civil bipartisan discussion of this, I was honored to see on the front page of your newspaper today one of your most distinguished alumnuses, the Speaker of the House, acknowledges that the economic program has brought some good results to the United States of America, because it has; it was the right thing to do, and it is moving the country forward.
However, many foreign-derived nouns do not form the plural by simply adding on the suffix "- s" but they rather retain the plural form in their original language; for example, alumni rather than alumnuses, strata rather than stratums, crises rather than crisises, criteria rather than criterions, meninges rather than meninxes, kibbutzim rather than kibbutzes.
Most educated people are very strict on using the native Latin plural in words like alumni, lacunae and fora (as opposed to alumnuses, lacunas and forums), but don’t seem to worry about getting the case right, always using the nominative.
Most educated people are very strict on using the native Latin plural in words like alumni, lacunae and fora as opposed to alumnuses, lacunas and forums, but don’t seem to worry about getting the case right, always using the nominative.