[Ads-l] Detrius surely counts, too

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 27 10:35:59 UTC 2015

At last, a new SOTA (Sign of the Apocalypse).

Turn to your dictionaries, sisters and brothers!  The answers are there!!


On Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 4:42 AM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com>

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> 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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