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  • 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

  • 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.

    June 8, 2009

  • Latinate != Latin

    Though you are right about 'suffices'; I mistook -ix for -ex.

    June 8, 2009

  • 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.

    June 8, 2009

  • I'm content to let the Slavs have their own way with plurals.

    June 8, 2009

  • 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.

    June 8, 2009

  • 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