[Ads-l] hypercorrect pluralization of attributives

MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Mon Oct 31 10:59:41 EDT 2016


> 
> We'd like to hire her, but there's the two-body problem.
> (Actually, I've heard both "the two-body problem" and "the two-bodies problem" to refer to the spousal/partner hiring dilemma in
> academia, as opposed to the physics problem it's a pun on.)
> 

In planetary dynamics, the "two-body" problem isn't a problem -- there exist closed-form solutions for two bodies.  It's the three-body problem that is really a problem, in that it is not solvable (and is often chaotic).  

Extend the parallel to partners/spouses as you see fit.

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