This "story" needs to be trimmed down to a def please. — Hippietrail 14:19, 8 Nov 2004 (UTC)
In marketing sense. --Connel MacKenzie 09:00, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
- Google pulls up 933,000 hits for "virals", and of the first ten hits, nine are in this sense, so I'd say it's pretty prevalent as a noun. Also, a b.g.c. search for
"virals" -"anti-virals" -"antiretro-virals" -"anti-retro-virals"pulls up 65 results (http://books.google.com/books?q=%22virals%22+-%22anti-virals%22+-%22antiretro-virals%22+-%22anti-retro-virals%22), and while I'm not sure this sense is the one used in the majority of them, it's certainly used in enough to pass CFI with room to spare. —RuakhTALK 16:51, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
- Yes, but I made a point of searching for the plural form. Substantive adjectives, like attributive adjectives, are invariable in English; when you elide the noun, its plural marker goes with it (hence "half a pound of the skinny", not ?"half a pound of the skinnies"). When you see what looks like the plural of an English adjective, it's because the adjective has actually developed a noun sense. —RuakhTALK 19:24, 12 March 2007 (UTC)
Second definiton in relation to a virus
I was wondering...do these "virals" get their name from the way they spread, do they actually contain computer viruses?
- Viral videos get their name from the way they spread. It does not mean that they contain a virus. —Stephen 18:14, 22 May 2009 (UTC)