I am writing some APIs and documentation. We have configurable "voting rules" which are methods for deciding when a business process may proceed.

Some examples:

  • First valid response
  • Majority Super
  • Majority but requires minimum participation

Users may actually create their own voting logic and configure our system to use it. So, I decided to call this voting logic module a "quorum". That left me with reaching for the plural of quorum which (I believe) to be "qui".

Feedback has come to me that this is too obscure. The academic in me would insist that the great unwashed masses wash themselves and learn something (a new word) but I also believe the word "quorum" is truly the most accurate word to describe these logic modules and thus the plural should be "qui".

My questions to the community:

  • Is the word "quorum" appropriate here?
  • If so, is "qui" the correct plural?
  • If not, then what is a more appropriate?
  • Even if everything I say is correct is there a more approachable and also accurate term?

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You have it backwards.

"quorum" is actually genitive plural of "qui" in Latin.

In English the plural of "quorum" is "quorums", with English regular pluralization rules.

Oxford Dictionaries (I don't want to confuse this with OED) says the definition of quorum is:

The minimum number of members of an assembly or society that must be present at any of its meetings to make the proceedings of that meeting valid.

  • How about a more approachable synonym? I am not sure reversing things would calm my critics :) Oct 19, 2015 at 19:23
  • I'm trying to think of that. Oct 19, 2015 at 19:24
  • I changed my documentation to be quorum and it didn't seem to raise any more eyebrows; maybe that's good enough. Thanks. Oct 22, 2015 at 15:56

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