Date: Sun, 26 Feb 1995 21:21:28 -0800
From: Anton Sherwood dasher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETCOM.COM
Subject: "Little"; different; Latin
I can't think of anyone in my family called "Little N", but I have a cousin
(named after her mother) who was called "Baby Barbara" for a long time, at
least by those of us who hadn't seen her in a long time. In the twenty-odd
years since I saw her last, perhaps she has outgrown the handle.
Another cousin, son of Steve, was formerly "Stevie" and is now "Steven".
My ex-wife, in her early thirties, got tired of being Elsa and renamed
herself Rowan, taking the name of a child of our acquaintance (then about 5).
The child has occasionally referred to Rowan II as "Big Rowan".
Straying even further from the subject - I was once at a summer camp where
one of the two Kates was renamed Katie. And I heard of a Sarah in Italy
being nicknamed Saracca for distinction (acca = `h') - my informant said
`saracca' is a kind of beetle, though I can't find it in a small dictionary.
I was once in a club that had two members named Arthur.
The second was called Art Nouveau.
--which reminds me of some friends in their late sixties in north Texas
who both share the name _Jack_: this happily married couple is known as
"He-Jack" and "She-Jack."
In a hospital where Mom once worked, she heard pages for "Doctor Mister
Doctor" and "Doctor Mrs Doctor".
Webster's Dictionary of English Usage has a 1644 cite for different than.
Different to is earliests. Different from is in the middle. [...]
Has "different with" ever been much used?
Tim Frazer asks:
Latin plurals --at least literary Latin plurals, which is all
I know--end in vowels, esp. -ae, -i, -a, plus a few others. Italian seems
to make its plurals somewhat like Latin, at least (I think) with -i, right?
Masculine -i, feminine -e (from -ae) -- generally speaking.
So where does the -s plural in spanish and french come from?
From the accusative case. Neuter nominative and accusative plural
are always -a; masculine and feminine plurals in the five declensions
(noun classes) are:
nominative -ae, -i, -es, -us, -es;
accusative -as, -os, -es, -us, -es.
(The genitive, dative, ablative and vocative need not concern you.)
If anyone knows another list where this would be a more appropriate
question, please forward. Thanks.
There is a Latin list, but I dropped off it so long ago I doubt I could
come up with its address.
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