Re: Grammar question

Subject: Re: Grammar question
From: "Downing, David" <david -dot- downing -at- fiserv -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L Writing" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 08:37:49 -0500

From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
Subject: Re: Grammar question

Such words when incorrectly used as nouns provide mirth to Latinate
scholars attempting to derive plurals: One Xerox, two Xeroces? One
Spandex, two Spandeces? Spandexices? Xeroxicieses? "Make a Xerox of
this. Then make five more."

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I once raised the question of what the proper plural would be for "Stradivarius." Would it be " Stradivarii"? The person I was talking to said that, since nobody could afford to own more than one, the question was moot.

David Downing
Senior Technical Writer
Credit Union Solutions
Fiserv
 
 

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