A dead distinction, if there ever was one?

Douglas Dee AmateurLinguist at AOL.COM
Thu Apr 10 00:25:01 UTC 2008

In a message dated 4/9/2008 9:12:54 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
hwgray at GMAIL.COM writes:

>Little people seen on TV, all of
>whom appear to be, by the above-mentioned definition, dwarves, say
>that they don't like to be known as "midgets," preferring to be
>referred to as "dwarves," given a choice restricted to those two terms

Did they actually say "dwarves"?  I've always been told that the plural for
referring to actual people is "dwarfs", "dwarves" being limited to mythical


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