Sunday, 13 April 2008

Penes to an end

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Despite my grammatical obsessions, I'm nevertheless a staunch supporter of the idea that usage must ultimately triumph over dictum. Furthermore, a classical education is no excuse for pretentious, pseudo-Latin mangling.

So it's great to see GrammarBlog paragon AA Gill extol these concepts in his food column this week. I must admit, however, that pluralising penis as 'penes' does have a certain appeal, and I'm seriously contemplating using it in the politest of company.

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Blogger aliqot said...

Yes, penes are tempting. Purely linguistically. I mean is tempting, of course.

And I sahll be glad to see syllabi, and fora fall into disuse as well.

14 April 2008 at 17:37  
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