[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]

Fw: pelvi, pelves, pelvises?



Greek words never take -i for the plural in general, sometimes -oi, though
----- Original Message -----
From: "Nick Pharris" <npharris@umich.edu>
To: <davidrpeters@earthlink.net>
Cc: "dinosaur list" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 8:51 PM
Subject: Re: pelvi, pelves, pelvises?


> Quoting David Peters <davidrpeters@earthlink.net>:
>
> > So, is pelvis singular or plural? I have a pelvis, but I think it is
> > composed of a left and right pelvis.
>
> You have one pelvis, and it is composed of left and right halves, each of
which
> consists of an ilium, a pubis, and an ischium.
>
> Plural is pelves or pelvises, depending on taste.  Latin and Greek nouns
ending
> in -is never take -i for the plural.
>
> Nick Pharris
> Department of Linguistics
> University of Michigan
>