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comment What is the formal plural of the word theorem?
It is curious that the Greek word theoremata only seems to exist in Latin texts. Why would people use a Greek plural when writing Latin?
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comment What is the formal plural of the word theorem?
Google ngrams makes a nice picture for lemmata. I would paste it if I could.
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comment What is the formal plural of the word theorem?
I see lemmata is even listed in the OED as a possible plural form.
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accepted What is the formal plural of the word theorem?
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comment What is the formal plural of the word theorem?
@JanusBahsJacquet Hmm.. How can you ever use "the bends" as a plural?
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comment What is the formal plural of the word theorem?
@JanusBahsJacquet Can you find any written evidence of "stigma" in its religious form? I feel that in modern English the singular and plural are entirely different words now.
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comment What is the formal plural of the word theorem?
@JanusBahsJacquet The singular of stigmata in the religious form it is commonly used is not stigma. It is an independent concept which doesn't have a separate singular I would argue. Like happiness.
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comment When did the word cutlery first include spoons and forks?
That's a great quote. Thank you.
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comment What is the formal plural of the word theorem?
@AndrewLeach What about llamata ... :)
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comment What is the formal plural of the word theorem?
@AndrewLeach I accept the point however we do sometimes use plurals that reflect the etymology of a word. For example formulae and formulas are both in use. Not to mention schemas and schemata.
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comment What is the formal plural of the word theorem?
Thank you. To answer your question directly, only for linguistic amusement.
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comment When did the word cutlery first include spoons and forks?
I think some evidence is needed for this. askandyaboutclothes.com/lifestyle/… is interesting as is cutleryorigins.webs.com . Your 18th century quotations seem too early to refer to table forks as we would recognise them. I particularly like " Many British clergymen were vehemently opposed to forks; they believed that only human fingers were worthy of touching God’s food.". Another small point, the middle ages ended around 1500 so that is not the time we are talking about.
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comment When did the word cutlery first include spoons and forks?
It is not clear to me that the word "fork" in these examples refers to table forks. At some point, possibly very recently, the word in British English came to mean eating utensils almost exclusively.
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comment Where is the word “cutlery” in common usage
@PeterShor I posted a separate question about the first use of cutlery in its modern meaning. I suspect now it might be very recent.
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asked When did the word cutlery first include spoons and forks?
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comment Where is the word “cutlery” in common usage
@PeterShor Yes you are right. So the term must have acquired its current usage more recently. It also indicates how they referred to spoons and forks before the current usage of the term cutlery.