[Ads-l] Detrius surely counts, too

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 27 20:27:22 UTC 2015


Maybe like "Detrius and the Gladiators," starring Victor Mature.

JL

On Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 3:19 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

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> How would "detrius" be pronounced?  Rhyming with "bias"? With "Prius"? =
> With antepenult stress, sort of like "vitreous"? None of the above? Or =
> maybe it can't be pronounced at all, just written?
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> LH
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> > On Mar 27, 2015, at 4:42 AM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM> =
> wrote:
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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.
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> > The Oxford Dictionary site and Wiktionary have only detritus, and =
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>   explains that "detrius" is wrong.
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> > 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.
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> > Benjamin Barrett
> > Formerly of Seattle, WA
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