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Re: Virii - why not? #5624
08/25/00 10:15 AM
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>the plural is viri in latin...
yes, but that is the plural of vir (=man), whereas virus is of neuter gender, and therefore has the plural vira, see
http://lysy2.archives.nd.edu/cgi-bin/WORDS.EXE?vira
I must admit I never saw this plural in contemporary use. To me, it sounds vastly more elegant than viruses, not to speak of virii, which we should rather not put into circulation.


Re: Virii - why not? #5625
08/25/00 01:37 PM
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well, maybe we should compromise with octopodes then...

I'd have to say that I prefer octopi.


Re: Virii - why not? #5626
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what's archaic about octopuses?
i've never heard octopodes in my life. was it meant to be a joke?


Re: Virii - why not? #5627
08/26/00 01:01 AM
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Goodness me! william, you're right--take a day off and who knows what you'll find when you return.
Such agonizings, over what was plainly stated as a made-up-in-total-subjectivity word, though it did lead, as these things so often seem to do here, to other interesting items.

Max, have you ever considered moving to Hawaii? Just think of how often you'd get to see and use that lovely ii.


Re: Virii - why not? #5628
08/26/00 01:26 AM
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>i've never heard octopodes in my life. was it meant to be a joke?

not at all. YCLIU


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Re: Virii - why not? #5630
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Max, my NZ connection told me that the two languages originated in the same area. (What he based this on, I don't know.) Interestingly, he said he gets Maori words by studying the vowel structure. I don't speak or read Hawaiian, but I know it is a language brimming with vowels.
He taught me how to pronounce Aotearoa. One of the Hawaiian islands is Oahu: three syllables!


Re: Virii - why not? #5631
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humuhumunukunukuapuaa - a *small* Hawaiian fish


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