Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 18:09:52 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: Deletia (Was Re: Dilbert for WOTY?) At 03:15 PM 1/2/98 -0500, you (Larry Horn ) wrote: >And yes, one WOULD expect "deleta", as in "excreta" (I may have also heard >"secreta"), but for some reason it's "deletia" we get. > Hey, if we had to use, in English, only Latin- and Greek-based words that were morphologically well formed according to those two langs' "classical" grammars, we'd have to dump everything from "megaton" (megalo- is the combining form) to maybe about a quarter of the Latin-Greek macaronic combos that populate the pages of a contemporary medical dictionary! (He said, not meaning in any way to start up the traditional descriptivist/prescriptivist mud-wrestle and gotcha-contest.) Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]