walrii

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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. 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 would be very unlikely to be a Latin derivation because Classical Latin does not have the letter ‘w’.