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Dec 18, 2001
This week's theme
Words with irregular plurals

This week's words
occiput
opus
numen
chrysalis
virtuoso

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opus

(OH-pus), plural opera (OH-puhr-a, OP-uhr-a) or opuses Pronunciation RealAudio

noun: A musical or literary composition.

From Latin opus (work).

So what do we call a minor novel or a symphony? The diminutive form of the word opus is opuscule. And a great work is a magnum opus. But let's remember, an octopus is not a collection of eight opera.

"Silva includes a suite from another Waxman horror opus, The Invisible Ray, that is good enough to make us want more."
Mark Koldys; Film Music; American Record Guide; Mar, 1998.

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What a man says drunk he has thought sober. -Flemish proverb

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