Fake Latin plural . . .

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun May 21 19:29:56 UTC 2006

At 8:11 PM -0400 5/19/06, Charles Doyle wrote:
>As undergraduates, my friends and I had fun with plurals
>like "kleenices" and "tampices."

...and, lest we forget, "mattres[i:]z"

>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
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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