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Old 21st June 2010, 22:52   #1246
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Plurals are divided into 3 categories: regular, almost regular and irregular

If you are a popular writer (like JRR Tolkien), you can create your own plural and get away with it

A Sunday Times (UK) review of Tolkien's works aptly states "the English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and those who are going to read them."

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Old 21st June 2010, 23:14   #1247
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Apparently, Shakespeare created hundreds of new words.

Better language should evolve through the work of such great authors than through the twitterings of teenagers and management consultants.
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Old 22nd June 2010, 20:46   #1248
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Better language should evolve through the work of such great authors than through the twitterings of teenagers and management consultants.
Couldn't agree more about this, Thad!
However, it seems that today it is the Lords of The Twitterings that bring about change in the language!

And, it would be worth remembering that Shakespeare has grown in stature over the years; he is today far more than he was during his tenure! Am I mistaken about this, perchance?
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Old 22nd June 2010, 20:57   #1249
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To be honest, I don't know. I guess he was pretty popular in his day --- in fact he probably had more appeal to common/ordinary people, rather than being regarded as an academic/intellectual read.
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The Wikipedia article has this to say about Shakespeare:

Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry".
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Better language should evolve through the work of such great authors than through the twitterings of teenagers and management consultants.
Sorry, couldn't resist this one
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Old 22nd June 2010, 23:31   #1252
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Better language should evolve through the work of such great authors...
Did I ever imply that LOL CAT was not included in that?
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Old 27th June 2010, 05:25   #1253
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Just came across this. It sure is an interesting read.

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Old 27th June 2010, 14:36   #1254
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Just came across this. It sure is an interesting read.

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That is worth a read

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Stepney in Tamil Nadu is also used to refer to a mistress(spare wife).
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Old 27th June 2010, 15:38   #1255
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How come I missed that ? Is that true ?
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Checked with my wife. Yes it is.

Didn't check with the spare wife though





(No... I have only one wife!)
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Ha ha! Stepney is indeed a slang used for a mistress. It is not used for a second wife, though.

Another term for a mistress is "chinna veedu", meaning literally "little house". Needless to say, "Big house" refers to the wife!
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No wonder you south people beat us northerners in everything... :P
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Guys, when we talk about a country, do we use a plural or singular. Is it 'India is a good team' or 'India are a good team'

I had this doubt when I made the following post in another thread

Uruguay looks weak as per history, but they ...(my doubt is whether it should be 'Uruguay look weak...)
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... Is it 'India is a good team' or 'India are a good team'...
If you are referring to the Indian cricket team, that statement would be debatable .

Joking apart, I think 'India is a good team' sounds right.
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