Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 13:18:01 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: Deletia (Was Re: Dilbert for WOTY?) At 10:05 AM 1/2/98 -0800, you wrote: >i wondered about "deletia" myself, especially about the presence of the >"i". i would have expected "deleta" = "things deleted" neuter plural >participle of "deleo" or "delita" the perf. part. = "things having been >deleted" . > >Allen >maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > I figure it's maybe humorous, pendatry-joshing, deliberately fractured Latin. Others have written me offlist in the last little bit to say they themselves have seen deletia, and used it. Maybe it's a what one would prescriptivistically term a deleterious (delet-hilarious?) usage.... Delenda is an old-fashioned editorial term (cp. the better known "addenda"). Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]