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Re: [OT] The stigma of schema
- From: "W. E. Perry" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: XML DEV <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 12:32:35 -0400
Without disagreeing at all with your larger point about newspeak, I cannot
(pedant, no doubt) let the following pass uncorrected:
Uche Ogbuji wrote:
> Neuter plurals of the fourth declension end in "-us". Examples off head
> are "manus": hand and "acu": needle. I always remember that "anus", in
> the fourth declension neuter does *not* mean what the smirking English
> speaker first thinks.
These three nouns are all feminine, not neuter, in grammatical gender. They are
all famous 'gotchas' because they have feminine gender in the otherwise usually
masculine/neuter fourth declension. 'Manus' has an alternate second declension
form; anus, 'granny', fourth declension feminine noun with a short a, is
infamously confused with anus, second declension masculine noun with a long a
(because the following s, present in e.g. Sanskrit, has dropped out in Latin),
which does mean what the smirking English speaker imagines; and acus (the
correct nominative form; acu would be ablative) is notoriously confused with the
second declension masculine noun acus (both have short a), the 'gar' or
> Neuter plurals of the fifth declension end in "es". The most common
> example is "re": thing, matter. Others off-head are "fides": faith and
> "spes": hope.
These are also all feminine, not neuter, nouns.
My challenge to find an exception to neuter plurals ending in -a therefore still
stands, though I would prefer we got back to XML.