Author Topic: Circuses or Circii?  (Read 6447 times)

Sambo

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Circuses or Circii?
« on: October 26, 2005, 10:41:03 pm »
What is the plural of Circus? We've been debating this for a while now so some clarification would be nice.

norbi

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Circuses or Circii?
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2005, 10:59:54 pm »
Well in proper english (or Latin actually) it's circii. But i seem to think that circuses has been adopted in our modern english.

Sean

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Re: Circus's's's's's or Circi?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2005, 11:18:45 pm »
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Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Circus \Cir"cus\, n.; pl. Circuses. [L. circus circle, ring,
   circus (in sense 1). See Circle, and cf. Cirque.]
   1. (Roman Antiq.) A level oblong space surrounded on three
      sides by seats of wood, earth, or stone, rising in tiers
      one above another, and divided lengthwise through the
      middle by a barrier around which the track or course was
      laid out. It was used for chariot races, games, and public
      shows.

Chiok

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Circuses or Circii?
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2005, 11:45:17 pm »
Quote from: norbi
Well in proper english (or Latin actually) it's circii. But i seem to think that circuses has been adopted in our modern english.
Kinda like radii then.  Funny how some words never catch on.  Like "fortunisity".  Funny thing the english language....

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Alex

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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2005, 02:54:24 am »
Actually in Latin it would be circi (just one i).  Small, I know, but after four years of Latin in high school, I like to be able to use the knowledge sometimes.  For anyone choosing a language to learn, don't pick Latin... it's not as much help as you might think.

g0t

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Circuses or Circii?
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2005, 04:15:54 pm »
Atleast Latin is better than Greece (thats what i think atleast :oops: )

Martijn

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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2005, 04:46:02 pm »
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Atleast Latin is better than Greece

They both suck. I toke them for a few months, but they turned out to be terrible. It's just no use for me!

Well back on-topic now.. I think Circus(s)es is a nice plurar form. I stick to that.

norbi

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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2005, 06:57:34 pm »
Quote from: Alex
Actually in Latin it would be circi (just one i).  Small, I know, but after four years of Latin in high school, I like to be able to use the knowledge sometimes.  For anyone choosing a language to learn, don't pick Latin... it's not as much help as you might think.


Sorry , i got a bit trigger happy on the i button.