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Re: The millennial dinosaur
In a message dated 10/13/99 11:02:17 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
< millenii < millenium, Lat. = one thousand [years];
As George mentioned, millennium requires two n's, since it is a compound of
mille, "1000", + annus, "year" (< at-no-s, cf. the Gothic cognate athns).
BTW, milleni means, IIRC, "by thousands", in the same sense as "by twos", "by
> 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;;
Actually, the -ii that would result from attaching the genitive suffix -i to
a word ending in -ius or -ium usually was simplified to a single -i:
millenni(o)- + -i > millennii > millenni. But this phenomenon is generally
ignored for scientific purposes.