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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2002 2:42 am    Post subject: site name Reply with quote

:roll: The plural of FORUM is FORA as in DATUM - DATA, STADIUM - STADIA.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2003 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just doing some early-post research, and look -- we were smartasses all the way back to Genesis!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:41 am    Post subject: Is it really 'forums?' Reply with quote

Don't you think the plural of 'forum' would be 'fora?'
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well in english it's museums rather than musea as well. So nope.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not particularly. Both are valid.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like 'fora.' Sounds sophisticated.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or primitive and pretentious, depending on how you view dead languages. :P
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I knew someone would look at it that way.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess it all depends on the accent and pronunciation...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:07 am    Post subject: Re: Is it really 'forums?' Reply with quote

piwacet wrote:
Don't you think the plural of 'forum' would be 'fora?'


as well as processi, scenarii, lapsi,...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:47 am    Post subject: Re: Is it really 'forums?' Reply with quote

lesourbe wrote:
piwacet wrote:
Don't you think the plural of 'forum' would be 'fora?'


as well as processi, scenarii, lapsi,...

I hope you're joking.

"Fora" would be the correct form in Latin. Actually it is rather strange that "forums" is used, since in other cases English uses the correct form, like phenomenon - phenomena, analysis - analyses...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i quite like the german way of doing things, and just combining a description of the word into one solitary word

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's done in a lot of languages, not just german
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really? Had no idea!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Is it really 'forums?' Reply with quote

piwacet wrote:
Don't you think the plural of 'forum' would be 'fora?'
There isn't much which hasn't already been discussed here. Welcome to thread # 412. :)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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drizek a écrit: Here in America we are like a bunch of shit slinging monkeys.

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Would'nt it rather be...
"Here in Americum..." ? :lol:
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This question has been solved in every language.
Considering the simple fact that if you wish to take care of the plural, you would need in coherence to take care of the grammatical function as well => use the dative when being in the foro and the accusative when going to the forum... etc...
This would have been far too complicated... would'nt it has been ?
=> as soon as a foreign word is adopted by a language, it varies accordingly with the grammatical rules of this language. :P
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firstly, I can't believe this old of a thread has resurfaced, but since it has I will add my thoughts. I also don't like that it is "forums" instead of "fora," but it has been that way for a long time, and is kept as such for sake of tradition (just as the amd64 architecture instead of changing it to x86_64).
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NathanZachary wrote:
... (just as the amd64 architecture instead of changing it to x86_64).

:lol: You would have preferred x86_64a or x86_64um ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aCOSwt wrote:
NathanZachary wrote:
... (just as the amd64 architecture instead of changing it to x86_64).

:lol: You would have preferred x86_64a or x86_64um ?


Nice. :lol:
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me "forums" and "fora" looks strange because in German the whole thing is called forum so there is no need for a plural =P
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