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  • The singular of appendices, according to everyone else in my department.

    Pronounced in four syllables, e.g. "perhaps we should put that data in an əˈpɛndɪˌsi..."

    March 3, 2009

  • grooaannn

    March 3, 2009

  • I trace the malaise to someone who joined about a year ago. I suspect my boss harboured a guilty uncertainty, and when he heard the new girl bandying this solecism, fastened upon it like a will o' the wisp. Then everyone else started parroting him, and now I'm out in the cold with my appendix, contemplating a career move.

    March 3, 2009

  • No! Seriously, yarb? You have my deepest sympathy. And if you want the editors on Wordie to storm your office in protest, just say the word....

    *readies editing pen*

    March 3, 2009

  • Perhaps every time someone mispronounces it, you could say "-dix." Thus:

    Bill: "Perhaps we should put that data in an appendice."

    Yarb: "-dix."

    That'll get their attention.

    March 3, 2009

  • Hahaha!

    March 3, 2009

  • Brilliant suggestion, c_b! Maybe if it keeps on happening you could mutter, "dick… s," and then when challenged, explain (if you still have your job).

    March 3, 2009

  • Don't get me wrong. I share the horror about the appendice-itis. But I was more intrigued by the phrase:

    when he heard the new girl bandying this solecism, (he) fastened upon it like a will o' the wisp

    I guess I had never thought of will o' the wisps in terms of their glomming abilities. Quite the contrary, in fact.

    March 3, 2009

  • When thorough noisome fenland at close of day a-roaming,

    Beware and shun yon will o' the wisp, a-glomming in the gloaming.

    March 3, 2009

  • Is it will o' the wisps, or wills o' the wisp? And with that question, de profundis, I bid ye all good night, my Wordie friends.

    March 3, 2009