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Postby Slava » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:36 pm

I only recently noticed the line at the bottom of the "Who is Online" section of the Index page here. It says, "This data is based...".

If a language forum is using the singular, does this mean the distinction is now extinct?


The time is wrong, too, but that's not language.
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Postby Stargzer » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:20 pm

My initial thought is that it's a canned message built in to the Board software, written by a programmer and not a linquist or English grammar teacher.

If so, the Good Doctor should ask for double his money back on this free software.


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Postby Perry » Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:04 pm

And what is this Data based on?
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Postby Stargzer » Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:14 am

Perry wrote:And what is this Data based on?
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Lore!


Thanks for the opening, Perry!
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Postby Slava » Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:42 am

Stargzer wrote:
Perry wrote:And what is this Data based on?
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Lore!
But only after B-4.
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Postby saparris » Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:53 pm

For many, the correct use of datum and data is an enigmum.
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Postby Slava » Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:15 pm

saparris wrote:For many, the correct use of datum and data is an enigmum.
Is the masculine of enigmum enigpop?
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Postby saparris » Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:24 pm

There is no masculine form of enigma/um. The word applies only to females.
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Postby Slava » Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:38 pm

saparris wrote:There is no masculine form of enigma/um. The word applies only to females.
Ow. I don't think our enigmatic Kiwi friend will approve.
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Postby saparris » Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:18 pm

Ow. I don't think our enigmatic Kiwi friend will approve.


Our Kiwi friend used to be Eddie88 on another forum. Why he changed his name is enigmatic. Maybe he's a woman.
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Postby Winblad » Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:17 pm

Slava wrote:
saparris wrote:There is no masculine form of enigma/um. The word applies only to females.
Ow. I don't think our enigmatic Kiwi friend will approve.


There is no such thing as an aenigmum or even enignum. It is a loan word from Greek (and a neuter noun), and the plural is aenigmata. The genitive is aenigmatis.

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Postby Slava » Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:17 pm

Thanks for your input on this Winblad. I think that pretty much answers any questions on that matter.

Welcome to the group, too. Don't be a stranger.
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Postby Winblad » Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:27 pm

Slava wrote:Thanks for your input on this Winblad. I think that pretty much answers any questions on that matter.

Welcome to the group, too. Don't be a stranger.


Thanks very much for your welcome (welcoming) response! This is a really great forum. I spent so much time today looking around. But then I decided I'm entitled to do something that really interests me.
Will be back, certainly!
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:55 pm

saparris wrote:For many, the correct use of datum and data is an enigmum.



I thought you were sick.
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:57 pm

EDDIE 88 IS STILL ALIVE AND AMONG THE LIVING,
BREATHING AIR? WOW. What is his new name?
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