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  • n. Plural form of index.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of index.


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  • In computer science, you refer to array indices, and in information retrieval, indexes. I use both interchangeably for both terms, and for some reason, firefox spellcheck highlights "indices".

    January 19, 2007

  • Every time I use the word indexes it just feels wrong but it sounds so pretentious to use indices. What's a librarian to do?

    January 18, 2007

  • ah yes, easter eggs ... and the word lists brings up a list of all the lists ...

    December 18, 2006

  • The distinction I've always used is that indices is used for a book which has more than one index. When you have multiple books you have indexes.

    That is a fun little Easter Egg, that the word index brings up the home page. I'm sure that John could fix this one.

    December 18, 2006

  • I've added the plural of "index" just to mark some form of the word's presence on Wordie. There apparently can be no wordie-page for "index" ... since that term always brings one back to the main page. But, for me, the index is one of the coolest parts of a book.

    I've got no particular bias against indices, but contemporary indexers seem to prefer "indexes."

    December 18, 2006