July 19th, 2006
I just used the phrase "dorkus malorkus" in conversation but needed to pluralize it. So I wrote "dorkus malorkuses" but then I thought you know, that can't be right.
I mean, "dorkus" is the obvious noun in this. One can be a dorkus and one can be a dorkus malorkus but I don't think anyone outside of Dr. Seuss could've called someone a standalone malorkus. So obviously "malorkus" is the modifier here. And considering the proper plural of "Whopper Jr." is "Whoppers Jr." I am now well and truly stymied so I turn to you, the smart ones.
What is the proper plural of dorkus malorkus?
LET'S DO IT! FOR ENGLISH!
I disagree. A dorkus is a human, or at least an entity with gender, so it would be 2nd declension masculine or 1st declension as the gender of the dorkus/dorka. Then again, yo, Latin doesn't even have a letter "k". Dorci malorci doesn't carry the same weight.aliiyf
has the best answer, of course.
Since it seems to have a latin root, and is obviously a separate genus and species, it probably pluralizes like h. sapiens or h. erectus, and you should hereafter refer to it in print as d. malorkus. Singular or plural.
Then if someone isn't quite malorkic enough to qualify for the complete species, he might just be referred to as d. sapiens, and you can write your doctoral thesis like so:
"Analyzing Societal Predilictions Towards Gay Marriage Amendments Among D. Sapiens: Something Clever and Rhyming."
Assuming one accepts that specific epithets can be pluralized at all, which is hardly an uncontroversial philosophical position.
|Date:||July 19th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)|| |
If I'm remembering that Simpsons episode correctly, it's Bart's genus and species name for Lisa, so like fancycwabs said, whether you're referring to a single Lisa or a gaggle of Lisa the binomial nomenclature remains the same.
And I'm a linguist, so I should know!
I think this could very well be definitive, then!
You're absolutely right. I change my answer!
I voted for Dorkus Malorkuses. I don't know why, except that the other two didn't sound right to me, and I always trust my instincts. Plus, I got in the 100th percentile on some English grammar thingy once, or maybe twice, so I'm wicked smaht.
No, I totally lied, there. I actually voted for Dorkuses Malorkuses, which wasn't one of the choices. Otherwise, my previous comments make no sense, and since I'm so allegedly wicked smaht, that would be unseemly.
Looking at the fill-in answers, I am either right or INCREDIBLY unoriginal.
|Date:||July 19th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)|| |
Pig comedy Latin
Eh, Steve Spatch! You've just won first prize in the Internet Dorkus Malorkus Championship by causing the most people to say "Dorki Malorki" in response to an LJ entry ever! What are you going to do with your fabulous prize?