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Re: The millennial dinosaur
In a message dated 10/14/99 1:02:06 AM EST, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< millenii > millenium, Lat. = one thousand [years];
derived from a possessive where nouns ending
in -um or -us are transformed to -i, but where
also the word ends in -ium or -ius, the
transformation is -ii, as the original "i"
does not get altered; so = the millenium's;; >>
The problem is with the spelling: even in Latin the spelling is "millennium,"
not "millenium." Double n, not single n; the double n ultimately comes from
"annum," for "year." But if we >just< want "one thousand," without the
"years," then it's "mille" plus "eni," a distributive suffix (not year).
Hence the confusion.