Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on January 28, 2005 08:30 PM
Yes, but the people touting "virii" are generally adherents of the prescriptive school of language (ie. the "language as Queen Victoria, Abraham Lincoln or any number of supposedly exemplary figures of history used it" school), not the "language is as it used" school.
In other words, when someone writes or says "viruses" (which is the most sensible pluralisation in English), it is the pedants who start banging on about how the "correct" form is "virii" because of its Latin origins, blah, blah, and so on.
So, a reaction against "virii" takes place merely on behalf of the majority who would say "viruses", in the face of vocal, knee-jerk pedantry and the "me too" Slashdot-style groupthink which has a thousand "generic geeks" taking up the most archaic form of a word in order to somehow demonstrate their individuality.