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    Default Re: What exactly are these?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mjolinor View Post
    Fora
    Actually ... No, it's not.
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    Default Re: What exactly are these?

    Quote Originally Posted by dpmike View Post
    Actually ... No, it's not.
    Actually, yes it is if you ignore the American influence.

    "Forums" is now officially part of English English but only because of the Americans using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mjolinor View Post
    Actually, yes it is if you ignore the American influence.

    "Forums" is now officially part of English English but only because of the Americans using it.
    The oed lists it as example without any reference to it being American. As the oed is considered the de facto source for English words then that's good enough for me.
    While the etymology of words can be interesting I'm afraid that, for me, clarity of meaning is more important - language is after all meant to be for communication. Everyone knows what forums means, a few won't understand fora (even if it was correct - one source says it only applies to actual Roman meeting places).
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    It is not about what the dictionary says it is about the root and the rules of that root. What someone sticks in an English dictionary is always based on common usage because there is no society for definition of English words as there are in a lot of places such as France and Spain for example.

    If you learn the rules then you can formulate the word usage from the rules until people start making changes that are not logical, once that happens then you can only know a word by someone telling you.

    The demise of classical education has resulted in words with no logic and that becomes accepted but it is never the right way to do it if you want to preserve the logic of the language.

    Stadium is a good example of the same thing happening though it is at a much more recent date that it has started to happen.

    There are lots of others too. Some have led to real quirky stuff like antenna the plural of which is antennas when you are talking about aerials for communication but it remains as antennae when talking about a plurality of sticks on insects heads.

    It is not an area where discussions of right or wrong can ever be finalised because what is wrong becomes right with common usage with the result being ambiguity and confusion.

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    Default Re: What exactly are these?

    Can mods please rename this thread to Ped'ants corner / Pseu'ds corner



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    Default Re: What exactly are these?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAlmostInvisibleMan View Post
    Can mods please rename this thread to Ped'ants corner / Pseu'ds corner



    Perhaps a dictionary would help you by explaining what pedant means. Seems to me to be a discussion about the English language. I certainly have not seen anything pedantic in here at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mjolinor View Post
    Perhaps a dictionary would help you by explaining what pedant means. Seems to me to be a discussion about the English language. I certainly have not seen anything pedantic in here at all.

    Now you’re just being pedantic
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    Default Re: What exactly are these?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAlmostInvisibleMan View Post
    Now you’re just being pedantic
    True.

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