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Re: 1.4 c: Basic Terminology

From: David G. Durand <dgd@cs.bu.edu>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 1997 13:16:19 -0500
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To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
At 6:44 AM 2/4/97, Peter Flynn wrote:
>Harvey Bingham writes:
>> I hope we do plan to allow more than one terminus? [1.4 e:]
>> If so, we need a plural form.
>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?

If we use termini, then we can leave it to vulgarians to get it wrong, if
they wish. I've never heard terminuses, and, like a purple cow, I never
hope to hear it.

   I think terminus is a good word...

   If it was good enough for the Romans, it's good enough for me!

  -- David

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