Fake Latin plural . . .

Orion Montoya gorion at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 19 15:02:18 UTC 2006

> Yesterday on the local NPR station I heard a speaker
> say "various bodily orifi" /-faI/.

I've heard a few of these.  Google finds a few genuine-looking results
for "Supreme Court Justi".

I generally try to explain them as the speaker's mental respelling to
e.g. *orifus and *justus, (I guess what you're also going for in
saying you don't end these with - at s) but I pray to all the deiti that
they are generally jocular.


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