Viral vector nomenclature
(by legatek from hotmail.com)
Wed Jun 6 15:26:22 EST 2007
> In article <f453gi$ini$1 from reader2.panix.com>, iayork from panix.com (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".
> Heh-heh. I aways wondered if people who use "virii" also use "busi"
> for more than one bus :-)
No, but they use rhinoceri for more than one rhinoceros.
More information about the Methods