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July 19th, 2006


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10:32 am
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.

Poll #773299 HELLO INTERNET YOU ARE MY WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY TODAY

What is the proper plural of dorkus malorkus?

Dorkus Malorkuses
10(15.6%)
Dorkuses Malorkus
54(84.4%)

COMEDY THIRD OPTION



LET'S DO IT! FOR ENGLISH!

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From:piemancer
Date:July 19th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
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http://www.math.ohio-state.edu/~econrad/lang/ln4.html

I'd like to change my answer. I think D. malorkus would fall under the category of neuter fourth declension nouns.
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From:piezocuttlefish
Date:July 20th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
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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.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:July 19th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
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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."
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From:signsoflife
Date:July 19th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
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Assuming one accepts that specific epithets can be pluralized at all, which is hardly an uncontroversial philosophical position.
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From:aliiyf
Date:July 19th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
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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!
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From:derspatchel
Date:July 19th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
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I think this could very well be definitive, then!
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From:iheartoothecae
Date:July 19th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
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You're absolutely right. I change my answer!
From:archangelsk
Date:July 19th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
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JESUS, BEEZUS.
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From:derspatchel
Date:July 19th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Jesi beezi?!
From:cynicalgal
Date:July 19th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
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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.
From:cynicalgal
Date:July 19th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
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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.
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From:off_coloratura
Date:July 19th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Looking at the fill-in answers, I am either right or INCREDIBLY unoriginal.
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From:bostonista
Date:July 19th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)

Pig comedy Latin

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Orkdii Olurkmii.
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From:luckimunki
Date:July 20th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
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Congratulations, 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?

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