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    Funny virii :(

    Hi!

    It's monday, and there's something wrong, I feel it.
    Strange virii are attacking some of us. It's not a big deal, you feel awful for 2 days, get headache and all the stuff, then everything is ok again.

    I hate being sick, and there's no medicine.

    Ever met that syndrom?

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    What's virii? Virus?
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    Virii is the plural of virus. Saying "viruses" is totally false.
    Btw, it is a latin word...

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    Originally posted by Carlos
    Virii is the plural of virus. Saying "viruses" is totally false.
    I would agree with you, but a particular dictionary insists "viruses" is indeed the plural of virus. Does anyone have a (more) credible authority that says "virii" is the plural?
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    Just take a *real* english dictionary (normal book), not one of those found on the net.

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    Originally posted by Carlos
    Just take a *real* english dictionary (normal book), not one of those found on the net.
    Don't get me wrong. I agree that virii is the plural of virus (or so I thought). However, "becuase I said so" just doens't fly with me. Can you name a dictionary that clearly states virii is the plural?
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    Hmm... Merriam-Webster also states viruses is the plural, and virii is not even a word. I guess I'll just have to admit I was wrong on the virii thing and begin using the word "viruses" from now on ;)
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    The Cambridge dictionary recognises viruses as a plural of virus....but does not recognise virii

    That's a pretty good dictionary.......

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    That is odd.
    I always thought it was virii.
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...l+for+virus%22
    and the first link that gave me:
    http://www.perl.com/language/misc/virus.html
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    Fourth Declension

    Nouns end in -us. The Latin plural is spelled the same as the singular.

    hiatus [gap], pl. hiatuses (or hiatus)

    plexus [network], pl. plexuses (or plexus)

    nexus [bond], pl. nexuses (or nexus)
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    There was a similar discussion on www.battle.net. It should be viri, not virii. And viri is english while viruses is american.
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    Originally posted by Magos
    It should be viri, not virii. And viri is english while viruses is american.
    It would be cool to find a dictionary to back that up. Any come to mind?
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    And viri is english while viruses is american.
    No, I'm sorry, but I simply can't let that one go!!!

    Viri is the Latin nominative plural for man, viruses is the Latin plural for virus.

    Neither is English or American.
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    Originally posted by Carlos
    Just take a *real* english dictionary (normal book), not one of those found on the net.
    virii is slang it is in no way the plural of virus... check all your dictionnaries...

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    Nevermind, if I'm right or wrong, I'm happy I started such a popular thread. ;)))

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