Alleged grammatical note

This came down the tweetstream today:

For those of us for whom they aren’t mythical in the least, pegasi will do nicely, thank you very much.

Weirdly, I can’t find the original @styleguide tweet. You think maybe Cloudsdale pitched a fit?

2 Responses to Alleged grammatical note

  1. fillyjonk says:

    As I remember, the magazine “Arizona Highways” had an argument that lasted months (in the Letters section) as to whether it was “cactuses” or “cacti.”

    (And the supposedly correct plural of Octopus is Octopodes… so, Pegasodes?)

  2. DS says:

    Then there was the flap over the Toyota Prius, which logically — for those of us who took three years of Latin but don’t have much in the way of classics credentials otherwise — ought to have been “Priora.” But Toyota owns that name, and they decreed that more than one Prius constitutes “Prii.” No such decision was made on Lexus/Lexi, though.

    Back when there was just the one Pegasus, he was clearly male, and presumably would be second declension, so “Pegasi” would work — except, of course, that there was just the one.

    Side note: There exists Pegasus Airlines in Turkey.

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