[Ads-l] Dueling dialects

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 18 06:17:35 EDT 2017

> Some new, porn-based version of the Nigerian letter?!

Now *there's* a thigh-slapper!


On Thu, May 18, 2017 at 12:31 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:

> <vulpe:s ~ volpe:s ~ uulp- ~ uolp-> feminine:  Mixed i-stems have -i:s or
> -e:s in the accusative plural; in fact, masculine & feminine i-stems in
> general regularly take <-i:s> in the accusative plural  (Allen & Greenough,
> p.80.71 & 81.74c.  "This guy & his fellow vulpis ...": the author
> mistakenly uses an acc. pl. <vulpi:s>, instead of an expected nom. pl.
> <vulpe:s>. His dissertation would never have passed scrutiny in the Old
> School.
>      But, perhaps most egregiously, the author thinks that Vulpe:s vulpe:s
> roost like chickens. (OTOH, maybe they do, zo├Âlogical behaviourism not
> being my pidgin.)
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