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Correction: Fora

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Hmm, it seems that the word forums is in fact singular! Fora being correct latin for plural of forum.
Both being latin words.

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The problem with being

The problem with being correct is that it might be confusing, due to the englishness of the web...

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there are actually people

there are actually people who say viruses. Web+grammer conflict as much as people+grammar.

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virii. I used to correct my

virii. I used to correct my teacher all the time.
Talking of which, is 'teacher' correct?

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I am aware tha "fora" is

I am aware tha "fora" is the right way to call it, but "forums" is in much wider use and much better recognized. Besides, what is the value of grammatically correct words if no one or only very few recognize them?

That said, thanks for the note Andrew, but we'll stick with "forums". Smiling

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I pm'd you on the matter on

I pm'd you on the matter on IRC. It is not a serious suggestion, just interesting.
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Yeah, to be honest, "fora"

Yeah, to be honest, "fora" sounds closer to slang to me than grammatics. Sticking out tongue

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AndrewB wrote: virii. I
AndrewB wrote:

virii. I used to correct my teacher all the time.
Talking of which, is 'teacher' correct?

I was under the impression that the plural of virus is viri, not virii.

'teacher' - to which language can we trace that ? Not being able to locate the word root in my knowledge of German and French, I'll throw out educated guess that the root in celt, and the word itself is anglicised, and thus follows traditional English rules.

"Nuxified forums" could be changed to "Nuxified forum", but as the incorrect form of fora is used very commonly in American, we should probably stick to it. Now all we need is a linguistic explanation of "nuxified".

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teacher etc.
free-zombie wrote:

'teacher' - to which language can we trace that ? Not being able to locate the word root in my knowledge of German and French, I'll throw out educated guess that the root in celt, and the word itself is anglicised, and thus follows traditional English rules.

'teach' comes from (according to the Wiktionary) the Old English/Germanic word for 'to show' (link). I knew It couldn't be celtic since in Welsh 'teach' = 'dysgu' and 'teacher' = 'athro/athrawes' (depending on gender) - neither of these are similar. Hmm, it has been interesting finding these things out...

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yeah, languages are

yeah, languages are interesting. That is a case where the connection to German is pretty hidden, but often it's hard to tell, with diphthongs being removed, changed and inserted over time and other letters being substituted, especially 's' and 't'. (Two letters that are very similar in Germanic languages - water is Wasser in german, what is "was" (or "wat" in centain dialects)

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