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06 May 2008 @ 11:07 am
drive-by update  

I started exercising about ten days ago. Ted has lost three pounds. *squinchy face* He said to me, “Keep up whatever you’re doing!” :) *laughs* *Men*. :)

Uh. Research questions: what’s the Italian for sorrow? Is “prime” the Latin plural of “primus”, and is it too mortally offensive to essentially Anglicize that and turn it into “primes” for a multitude of firsts, because I suspect most readers are probably unlikely to actually go from “Primus” as a singular to “Prime” as a plural? Uhm. I probably have other questions too, but those two are the ones that’ve leapt to mind just now. eta: Also: what would be the French for "the river Seine speech", or "the speech given on the river Seine"?

I have been meaning for *weeks* to mention, with delight, that the P-Con Match It For Pratchett donation box brought in $220. I wanted to say thank you to everybody who dropped a couple euro into the pot. You guys are awesome.

Back on my head.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
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Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on May 6th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
The Latin plural of primus varies according to the gender of the following noun. So: primi if the noun is masculine, primae if feminine, prima if neuter. An 's' is not added in any of these cases. The modern word 'prime' derives from all this (via Old French) but in its noun form is singular as prime, with primes as its plural.
Is that of any use at all?
kitmizkit on May 6th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
Should've read this before I responded to the following comment. :) So a group of males would be 'primi'?
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on May 6th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, primi.
Kari (mediaeval historian who has to read too much Latin at work)