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And to finish, an apology

And to finish, an apology. John Futcher has taken me to task for carelessness in my comments on Latin plurals. He writes: "Latin first declension nouns do not end in - us, they end in - a. Nouns with singular - us and plural - i are in the second declension. Syllabus and crocus are in the second declension, not the fourth (as I implied). The plurals syllabuses and crocuses arise simply because the singulars are treated as ordinary English nouns". Mea culpa, Mr Futcher. It is a long time since I declined mensa, everyone's first Latin noun, on the school bus.

More comments next week, including favourite irritations. Just time to get yours in.


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