walrii

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

In imitation of Latin nominative plural forms of nouns ending in ius. Compare fetii and penii.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

walrii

  1. (nonstandard, proscribed, rare) Misconstructed plural form of walrus.

Usage notesEdit

  • The plural form *walrii is doubly incorrect. Firstly, walrus derives from Danish, not Latin; its etymologically-consistent plural form is walrusser. Secondly, even if walrus were a second-declension Latin noun, the plural form would be *walri; in the correct plurals radii and gladii, with which *walrii is analogous, the first ‘i’s are part of the words’ stems (radi- and gladi-), and not their case endings — for *walrii to be the plural, *walrius would need to be the singular; moreover, walrus couldn’t be a Latin derivation because Latin does not have the letter ‘w’.
Last modified on 9 December 2013, at 04:03