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Posted by BurrmondRay on June 21, 2007, 8:59 pm

If it feels right, Prius !

Posted by Paul Russell on June 21, 2007, 9:41 pm

BurrmondRay@nospam.noemail wrote:

IMNVHO the plural of Prius is Priuses.


Posted by Mike Rosenberg on June 21, 2007, 10:03 pm

Yes, seriously.  A Latin word ending in -ius is properly pluralized as
-ii.  For example, the plural of radius is radii.*  Prius is a made-up
name, not a Latin word, so standard pluralization applies, hence the
plural is Priuses.  It does sound odd, though.

*Many dictionaries accept "radiuses" as an alternative plural form.

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Posted by Paul Russell on June 22, 2007, 8:23 am

Mike Rosenberg wrote:

Since we're both right about this I guess it makes us a pair of geniuses.


Posted by Davoud on June 23, 2007, 4:04 am

Mike Rosenberg wrote:

Were you there when I got flamed by the pompous ignoramuses* who seem
to think that "Unix" is Latin and that the plural ought to be

You know these folks are pompous asses because they choose Latin
(though they know nothing of it,) thinking it makes them appear
learned. One wonders why they don't choose one of the other languages
in which Prius is not a word (that could be any language.) Why not
Hebrew? Is it masculine "priusim" or feminine "priusot?" (Sorry, no
majuscules in Hebrew.) But forget about Thai and a bunch of other Asian
languages that have /no/ plurals.


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* That's not "ignorami" because "ignoramus" is not a Latin noun; it's a
Latin verb.

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