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Re: [SLE] Code red mk2-and a few articles
  • From: "Konstantin (Kastus) Shchuka" <kastus@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2001 13:06:55 -0700
  • Message-id: <20010807130655.A14995@xxxxxxxxx>
On Tue, Aug 07, 2001 at 03:31:15PM +0200, Tazio Ceri wrote:
> John D Lamb wrote:
>
> > Sounds a bit doubtful to me. As I recall "virus" is a straight second
> > declension noun from the Greek virios and so should be viri in plural
> > unless it's irregular like locus. "Viruses" is easier for people who
> > don't speak English (vel possunt latine loquere). And then there are the
> > words that don't change from us to i:
> > bus, callus, nexus, conspectus, genus, plus, bonus, prospectus, caucus,
> > apparatus, plexus, octopus,...
> >
> > JDL
> >
>
> Yes, Virus comes from ancient greek, and like many
> greek words imported by latin it is very irregular.
> That's why virii is the correct plural form.

Unfortunately, Merriam-Webster has no entry for "virii". What does "correct"
then mean?

-Kastus
>
> Ciao,
> Tazio

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