Fake Latin plural . . .

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Sat May 20 00:11:40 UTC 2006

As undergraduates, my friends and I had fun with plurals
like "kleenices" and "tampices."

And then there's the plural of "process" pronounced
/pro s@ siz/ (with secondary stress on the final syllable),
which I used to associate with the speech of pretentious
pseudo-intellectuals, but now it sounds almost normal (maybe
I am becoming one of those!).


>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-
>Poster:       Jesse Sheidlower <jester at PANIX.COM>
>Subject:      Re: Fake Latin plural . . .

>On Fri, May 19, 2006 at 03:48:36PM +0100, Chris F. Waigl
>> I had to make an effort the other day to remain silent
when someone came up with "linii" (context: installing two
different flavours of them side by side).
>Really. Any idiot knows it's "linices".
>Jesse Sheidlower

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