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Posted by Mike Rosenberg on June 23, 2007, 12:48 pm

It sounds familiar.  I always thought the plural was "flavors of Unix".

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Posted by Michael Pardee on June 23, 2007, 2:26 pm

A friend of mine pointed out why our legal and medical professions (at least
in the USA) rely on Latin. It's precisely because it *is* a dead language;
the meanings don't change. When we say somebody was "in a funk" it means a
very different thing today (unhappy) than it did a few centuries ago
(terrified.) I'm old enough to remember when it was clear that something
marked "inflammable" should be kept from sources of ignition, when something
that was "gnarly" had a specific appearance and when "gay" meant something
else altogether. (Actually, I remember when it was transitioning and for a
year or so meant pan-sexual.)

I suspect if we could bring an ancient Roman here in a time machine and ask
him (in Latin, of course!) what the plural of Prius is, he would have a
puzzled look.


Posted by mrv@kluge.net on June 24, 2007, 6:16 pm


Yes, because the plural would depend on what the gender of the noun
that the adjective "prius" is modifying.

Posted by Davoud on June 26, 2007, 4:59 am

Michael Pardee:


No, he would have a puzzled look because "Prius" in the sense it is
used here -- the name of an automobile -- is not a Latin word and he
would have no knowledge of automobiles, no knowledge of Japan, and no
insight into how Japanese automobile manufacturers name their cars.
Might as well ask him the Latin plural of Camry.


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Posted by Michelle Steiner on June 23, 2007, 2:59 pm


Well, that's three of us who are on both newsgroups.

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