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Posted by pakman on June 23, 2007, 3:57 pm

Prius, which is Latin for "to go before", is Masculine.
If Prius is used as a proper noun, which I assume it is for the car, then
Prii is the correct plural form.

But, I suspect, Priuses is going to be the popular plural, however


Posted by Paul Russell on June 23, 2007, 4:42 pm

pakman wrote:

If Prius meant "to go before" then it would be a verb, and verbs don't
have a gender. As it is, Latin verbs don't end in -us or -ius, so I
doubt that it means this (actually I doubt that Prius is even a Latin word).

Nope - look in your dictionary - what is the correct plural for genius
(when used in its most common sense) ?


Posted by Paul Russell on June 23, 2007, 4:53 pm

Paul Russell wrote:

OK - curiosity got the better of me so I looked it up - /prius/ is a
Latin adjective/adverb meaning "before" or "formerly". The plural would
be /priora/ but it would be nonsensical to use this as the plural of
Prius when Prius is used as an English noun. There is a mention of this
on Wikipedia: <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Prius> .


Posted by Michelle Steiner on June 23, 2007, 6:11 pm

Actually, brand names are adjectives.  It's technically "Prius
automobile" "Macintosh computer", "Microsoft Excel software", etc.

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