Viral vector nomenclature
(by legatek from hotmail.com)
Wed Jun 6 15:24:22 EST 2007
Ian A. York wrote:
> In article <5cm33eF318dlkU2 from mid.individual.net>,
> Kyle Legate <legatek from hotmail.com> wrote:
>> Tom Anderson wrote:
>>> What do you call those blobs?
>> Attenuated viri.
> You might conveivably call them attenuuated, but you wouldn't call them
> "viri" under any circumstances, since only illiterates (and, increasingly,
> computer techs -- but I repeat myself) use "viri" as the plural for
> "viruses". "Virus" in Latin is a mass noun, and as such has no plural in
> Latin; as an English word it follows the usual English rule and uses the
> plural "viruses". People who, either attempting to show off their
> non-existent Latin, or attempting to blindly follow a rule they don't
> understand, use "viri" as the plural are, if anything, using the plural or
> "vir" ("man").
> I have nothing but pity for the poor pathetic wretches who use "virii",
> thus desperately attempting to use an incorrect rule to pluralize the
> non-existent word "virius".
I wish I could understand what you're saying, but I a little illiterate.
Thanks for the pity.
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