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Re: 1.4 c: Basic Terminology



At 08:42 4/2/97 -0500, Gregory Murphy 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.
>	
So instead of 'links to the addresses of SGML containers' we are going to
have 'links to the locators of termini' or, heaven forbid, 'links to the
ends/butts of terminuses'. Where have I heard this type of phrase applied to
taxi-drivers? Ever seen 19th century travellers phrase books?
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