It says that the plural of "onomatopoeia" is "onomatopoeias". However definition 2 states "A word which has the property of onomatopoeia". So what is the real plural, "onomatopoeia" or "onomatopoeias"? —This unsigned comment was added by 188.8.131.52 (talk • contribs) at 10:17, 28 September 2009 (UTC).
- Note the inflexion line:
onomatopoeia (countable and uncountable; plural onomatopoeias)
And then the context tags before the definitions:
- An uncountable noun (also called a mass noun) has no plural form because it cannot be counted, whereas a countable noun (also called a count noun) does (usually) have a plural form because it can be counted. In the case of onomatopoeia, it is both countable and uncountable, depending on the sense; in English, it is very common for an uncountable noun describing a phenomenon (like onomatopoeia) to develop a second, countable sense, defined as an example of that phenomenon (hence an onomatopoeia). So, to answer your question, onomatopoeias (as well as onomatopoeiae, if you prefer) is the plural form of onomatopoeia, but only in its second sense. † ﴾(u):Raifʻhār (t):Doremítzwr﴿ 06:12, 29 September 2009 (UTC)