Has anyone seen anything about a release date for Linux Mint 14 64 Bit with KDE?

Doug dmcgarrett at optonline.net
Sat Dec 8 22:33:42 UTC 2012


On 12/08/2012 04:46 PM, AV3 wrote:
> On Dec/8/2012 12:5242 PM, Liam Proven wrote:
>> On 7 December 2012 17:26, AV3<arvimide at earthlink.net>  wrote:
>>>
>>> ...
>>
>>> The plurals you prefer go back to the days when Latin and Greek were 
>>> taught
>>> in most secondary schools, but today they seem like class distinction
>>> signals for intellectual snobs. There are no more fora in the 
>>> auditoria, and
>>> there soon won't be even one datum left to support your data.
>>
>> I find this a surprising attitude, but I don't doubt you. If using
>> correct plurals make me sound like an intellectual snob, I am all
>> right with that; it's a reasonably fair description, TBH.
>>
>> ...
>>
>> Anyway... I don't see why it's any harder to remember "fora" than it
>> is to remember "children", or "indices" than "mice".
>>
>
>
> It is not a question of ease but of evolution. In the evolution of 
> language, regular forms tend to push out "irregular" forms, where the 
> irregular plurals in English nouns go back to forgotten borrowing from 
> Latin and Greek. Undoubtedly you were an exceptionally good student of 
> what you were taught, but you must recognize that old irregular forms 
> become archaic, e. g., today "worked" instead of "wrought," "cows" 
> instead of "kine."
>
>
> I did say "seems like intellectual snobbery," not "definitely is."  
> But "rhinocerotes"? Teachers tended to promote keeping Latin and Greek 
> plurals to validate the teaching of Latin and Greek. Today, all is 
> lost, and evolution plunges ahead.
>
>
It must be about two years ago when this topic surfaced.  someone 
pointed out that the Romans had NO plural for forum,
probably because they only had one.  So "fora" is spurious.

--doug




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