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Re: Announcement: Andreas's Conlanging Pages

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 29, 2003, 18:01
John Cowan wrote:
>Andreas Johansson scripsit: > > > >In general, it may look uneducated not to use a foreign plural, but > > >it can be downright bewildering to use one where a native plural is > > >normal, e.g. "Her arms swung like pendula" (recte "pendulums"). > > > > I know, but trouble is, I don't always know what fo[r]mation is normal. > >By "normal", I mean -s (or -es after s, z, sh, x), the regular plural >ending. Much better to say "erratums" than "hoodla". :-)
I interpreted "where a native plural is normal" as refering to words which are normally pluralized according to the native pattern. I'd seen both _suffixes_ and _suffices_, and for no conscious reason formed the belief that the later pl was the "correct" one. Analogy with appendices and indices certainly played a part. BTW, I know what "errata" meant long before I stumbled across my first "erratum". If I'm going to mispluralize that one, it's sure to be as "erratas". Andreas _________________________________________________________________ STOP MORE SPAM with the new MSN 8 and get 2 months FREE*


John Cowan <jcowan@...>