[Ads-l] Detrius surely counts, too

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Fri Mar 27 08:42:04 UTC 2015


Two of us in my writing group today claimed the word is "detrius" and 
two that the word is "detritus." And all four of us claimed the other 
word didn't exist.

The Oxford Dictionary site and Wiktionary have only detritus, and 
http://byjane.blogspot.com/2007/05/detritus-not-detrius.html explains 
that "detrius" is wrong.

Google Books provides something like 2,000 hits for "detrius," including 
many scientific works (and some not English), so perhaps this is worthy 
of entry.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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