It had to happen

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Oct 12 18:23:49 UTC 2005

>Well, what's the big deal.  I hear this all the time "He has AN agenda."

right, but I guess what folks are struck by is not the reconstruction
of "agenda" as a singular (with the plural "agendas") so much as its
radical reconstruction as a Latin (first declension) singular, with
the plural "agendae".


>  >>> sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM 10/12/05 08:22AM >>>
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>>>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>>>Poster:       Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
>>>Subject:      It had to happen
>>>I've just heard "agenda," historically already a Latin plural,
>>>construed as a new pseudo-Latin plural, "agendae," i.e. with the final
>>>syllable pronounced as English "die."
>>OK, keep an eye (or ie) out now for all the memorandae that these agendae
>>ought to generate.
>>Michael McKernan
>No doubt the mediae will be passing on more  datae on phenomenae of this kind.
>~@:>   ~@:>   ~@:>   ~@:>

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