Sunday, June 12, 2005

Point for The Economist

I was one of several people who wrote to The Economist correcting their Latin grammar, and it looks like the last laugh was on us--not only were we geeky enough to waste our time on this nonsense, but none of us completely agreed on the correct version. Hah! Well done.

And I don't think my suggestion was quite right. I chose the neuter plural form plura for "many," but plures would probably have been better. I think the neuter is only for things, whereas the masculine is used for people even when the gender is unknown.

Oh well. At least I got to make an idiot of myself in front of millions of readers worldwide.

Update: After conferring with Richard, we decided that a) the neuter plural was OK, since the original slogan uses the neuter, and b) I should've used ex instead of e, since it appears before a word beginning with a vowel. But this also means not one of the suggestions was right! Stupid Latin.

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