Re: Plural of "apparatus" (Was:tc-list Re: Latin nouns)
- On Mon, 13 Oct 1997, Robert B. Waltz wrote:
> On Mon, 13 Oct 1997, "DC PARKER" <PARKERDC@...>Isn't this getting off the topic for this list? I can understand a
> >Robert Waltz wrote
> >> OK, I checked my dictionary, and it's true -- the plural of "apparatus"
> >> is "apparatus" or (gack!) "apparatuses." (Don't blame me for that last....)
> >It isn't a mess. It's Latin. Apparatus is a 4th declension noun in -u. Nouns
> >with gen. sg. and nom. pl. in -i are 2nd declension nouns in -o, like
> >annus, anni.
little confusion over this topic, especially when in this list people
sometimes use Latin words according to Latin rules, but at other times
according to English rules.
So hoping to have the last word (ha! Fat chance of that!) I propose the
following for this list:
1) When using the English word "apparatus" (obviously borrowed from
Latin), follow the English rule, i.e., look it up in the dictionary
if you don't know whether the plural is "apparatus", "apparatuses"
2) When using the Latin word "apparatus", take a hint from pre-Augustan
orthography: since we cannot write the macron in net-ascii, spell it
"apparatus" when singular, "apparatuus" when plural if the
difference has textual signifigance.
3) Follow the same rule for other 4th declension words.
Waiting for the blessed hope and the appearance of the glory of our
great God and Saviour Jesus Christ (Ti 2:13).