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madmouth commented on the word slavish pluralization
refusing to part with the Latinate (or other uncommon) plural form: fora, phalli, suffices and their ilk.
the left side of the tug-of-war within madmouth between native pedantry and the desire to smooth English out for all the NNSessessesseses
June 8, 2009
qroqqa commented on the word slavish pluralization
Well 'suffices' is not a Latin plural; the Latin for "suffix" is suffixum. The only possible plural of 'suffix' is 'suffixes': a warning to those who play with Latinity without the goggles of knowledge.
Latinate != Latin
Though you are right about 'suffices'; I mistook -ix for -ex.
Well I thought as you were criticizing the slavish pluralizers, you wouldn't be using such forms yourself but were citing forms used by others: thus exculpating you of gogglelessness.
bilby commented on the word slavish pluralization
I'm content to let the Slavs have their own way with plurals.
chained_bear commented on the word slavish pluralization
Where can I buy goggles of knowledge? Google sent me here, but I think they're fraudulent as they don't look like they know Latin.
I also use vixen and theses :)
and in Bilby's vein--a Slav couldn't possibly decry slavish pluralization, and madmouth is All Slav (also plenty goggleless in some areas, though not morphology, thanks be)
June 10, 2009
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