Plurals In English (was ClamAV Reports A Trojan)

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I agree entirely. Also relevant is the fact that the Latin word ‘virus’
does not admit a plural form.

The Latin word ‘viri’ translates as ‘men’, if I remember my school Latin correctly. :-)

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  • It is amazing how much one can cripple what another person said by scissoring his phrases ;-)

    Valeri

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  • English people (excludes USA people) should always try to speak simple, jargon-free, easily understandable and logically expressed English especially when conversing with non-English people.

    I greatly admire the linguistic abilities of non-English people but deplore the dumbed-down abuses of my native language from the US of A.

    A military plan has become a “road map” even when aircraft are involved provoking the inevitable question of “Do aircraft stop at traffic lights” !

    “Back-up” has become either reverse, a saved copy, re-enforcements etc. Precision in language expression is essential for good understanding.

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  • The first thing I learned what US people (before became one myself) take English pronunciation for was… Well, I asked US person at the conference: does he know this person (and gave the name of English person). The answer was:

    “that guy with accent”

    Isn’t it funny to call correct English pronunciation an accent? ;-)
    (adding “lough track” so who don’t feel it’s funny still can lough here taking it as a joke ;-)

    Valeri

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  • I know VAX computers are now a bit old fashioned, but why is the plural of VAX VAXen? I don’t think DEC was founded before 1500 AD. :-o

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  • Speaking as a Yorkshireman who has also lived on Tyneside: what is
    “correct English pronunciation”? There is probably a greater variation of accent within England than between “standard” English and
    “standard” American.

    Martin
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