End of ADS-L Digest - 25 Feb 1995 to 26 Feb 1995 ************************************************ There are 8 messages totalling 243 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. "Little"; different; Latin 2. copies of Free books on writing 3. "little" and "jr" (2) 4. Long time, no see 5. Looking for some useful arguments 6. Free books on writing (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 26 Feb 1995 21:21:28 -0800 From: Anton Sherwood 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 Status: R 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. Anton Sherwood *\\* +1 415 267 0685 *\\* DASher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]netcom.com