Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Wed Dec 12 21:54:43 UTC 2001

Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
>The full name of the disease usually called "diabetes" is of course
>"diabetes mellitus". We "know" instinctively or otherwise that the
>inflectional suffixes must match -- e.g., Circus Maximus, Canis familiaris,
>anorexia nervosa, Costa Mesa, labia majora, hocus pocus. So it must be
>"diabetus mellitus". Maybe a hypercorrection of sorts.
Before I read to the end of the above, I thought you were talking
about hypercorrection in the penult, and assuming something like
"diab-/ai/-tis mell-/ai/-tus". I was fully prepared to scream out
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