Re: 1.4 c: Basic Terminology
On 4 Feb 1997, Peter Flynn wrote:
> Harvey Bingham writes:
> Despite my fondness for Latin, I think terminus has been anglicized
> for long enough to have acquired an -es plural. Problem is, terminuses
> sounds terrible and termini is a lot easier to say. Is there really
> no other word?
I can't find a single instance of "terminuses" in the OED 2, but
"termini" abound, including a reference dated 1975. Seems to be pretty
solidly common usage.
I for one can't read/hear the plural without lapsing into nostalgia
for Rome and its seedy but grandiose train station.
- Gregory Murphy