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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    right thats it - I'm switching to a less confusing language!
    Lojban : Lojban maybe?

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    Reminds me of:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YllyBr_4Kxk"]YouTube - Dans and Alan Partridge's first meeting[/ame]

    Alan Partridge = Pure genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesb View Post
    That sounds like a brilliant idea. There are way too many ambiguities in English regarding plurals.

    I must admit that I use mouses myself much to the displeasure of the ICT teachers who seem intent on teaching the subject with mice anyway.

    Maybe you could apply this unusual plural logic to other peripherals such as keybi and printa

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    Virus - in terms of medical infection, it's Virii.
    Although very much like a medical infection but in computing terms, PC infections of such are viruses.

    And mouses? Horrible word. It even sounds wrong

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    Virus - in terms of medical infection, it's Virii.
    Although very much like a medical infection but in computing terms, PC infections of such are viruses.
    Akshully.. it's just "malware" which:

    a) Keeps literacy pedants off your back
    b) Keeps tech pedants off your back ("..strictly speaking that one is a worm/trojan/blah/blah").
    c) Is good enough.

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    Fair play, quite like "malware" as it covers it all

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    right thats it - I'm switching to a less confusing language!
    Aloha in hawai - then you won't know if your coming or going

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesb View Post
    I believe that Yiddish (a Jewish prayer language) is similar, in that it is entirely regular and phonetic. Esperanto is (was?) too, I think...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiqueABoo View Post
    b) Keeps tech pedants off your back ("..strictly speaking that one is a worm/trojan/blah/blah").
    This is me

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    @powdarmonkey - me too, except I am both a technical pedant and a linguistic pendant!

    Using the word "me" there reminds me of another irritation, namely people who can't work out when to use "me" or "I". Contrary to popular belief, there are contexts where it is correct to say "John and me", for example, "please give some money to John and me". If John wasn't there, you would say "give it to me", so it is right to say "give it to John and me".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    "please give some money to myself and John" ???
    Don't think so. "Please give some money to myself" would be wrong, therefore so would "...myself and John".

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones View Post
    Using the word "me" there reminds me of another irritation, namely people who can't work out when to use "me" or "I".
    My pet hate

    Don't know why it irritates me so much but it does. I correct people, then I look like the idiot, whats up with that?

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    From another linguistic pedant:
    The old english plural of shoe was in fact shoen (not shoon). This was a common plural usage - also used for example in housen - but it only survives now in 'children' (modern usage would have it as 'childs') and brethren.
    Thought you'd like to know!!

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    And you will find many a grizzled SysAdmin talking about a variety of boxen and UPSen when the speak about their server farm and contents.

    Anyway ... 1 d0|\|'7 (4r3 \/\/|-|@ j00Z L0$3r$ 7|-|1|\||<. 7|-|3 0|\|L'/ (0rr3(7 \/\/4'/ 70 $P34|< 1$ L1|<3 7|-|1$, dUD3$!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    My pet hate

    Don't know why it irritates me so much but it does. I correct people, then I look like the idiot, whats up with that?
    I do: it's when people say 'we' when they mean 'you':

    "Can we make sure the hall is set up ten minutes ago?"
    "Is it going to work or will we need to find a better solution?"

    etc (usually ad nauseum).

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