Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on January 27, 2005 06:25 PM
Pedantic insistence on real words and correct English plurals is just a waste of time. Language is purely conventional and defined by usage, which changes with time. The only purpose is to be able to communicate; even Karl Popper, in his famous controversy with Wittgenstein, was fond of saying that there is no need to define one's terms with precision, even in science - only with enough precision to be understood.
So, if "viruses" only conveys "plural of virus", while "virii" can be understood as "plural of virus, and btw I am an ignorant moron", there can be no doubt that the latter form is able to communicate much more, and is therefore to be preferred.