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English Wit, how I love thee! - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
December 8th, 2003
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English Wit, how I love thee!
Mr Knightley seemed to be trying not to smile; and succeeded without difficulty, upon Mrs Elton's beginning to talk to him.
-- from Emma, by Jane Austen

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From:unfilthy
Date:December 8th, 2003 03:33 pm (UTC)

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Jane Austen is one of my favorite writers. I'm glad you're enjoying Emma.
It's amazing the number of people who don't get how sharp Austen is, and only see her as writing cliche'd romance novels.
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From:wildernesscat
Date:December 10th, 2003 11:24 pm (UTC)

off-topic

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English (Latin ?) grammar question. Is it true that the plural of "Jesus" is "Jesii"?
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From:ijon
Date:December 11th, 2003 03:02 am (UTC)

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Jesus is a proper name, and as such, does not properly have a definite plural form. That said, Jesus is a second-declension Latin name, and as such, its plural would be Jesi, not Jesii. The -ii suffix is for plurals of -ius singular forms, such as filius (filii is the plural).

In English, you should pluralize Jesus as Jesuses (if you must), like "bonuses" or "viruses".
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From:wildernesscat
Date:December 11th, 2003 03:45 am (UTC)

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Thanks! You make an excellent point :)
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