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Zazz
well, what is it? :twisted:
offroadgeek
i think it's zauri... but who knows... I'm just another bump on a log
lardman
Is Zaurus a latin word?

I don't think so (at least it's not in my Latin dictionary).

From a quick scan of Fowler's Modern English Usage, it is suggested that if it really were a Latin word then you'd still have to be careful about using Zauri, but it should probably be Zauruses.

Do whatever is probably the best solution ;-)


Si
jabbath
Hi!
I think, the plural is "zaurus", because Zaurus is a japanese word (invited by sharp) and the japanese have no plural forms. So it is
one zaurus
two zaurus
three zaurus
eleven zaurus
X zaurus
smile.gif
grusz, jabbath
Snooby
As Zaurus is a "proper name", the plural would be Zauruses
I concur with jabbath on the Japanese-plural issue, but that only counts when you're in Japan wink.gif
charlie
My preference is for Zaurus, because it is correct for a Japanese word and Zauruses is just silly.

For what it's worth.

Chas
ScottYelich
argh! that kitty!

I saw this posted somewhere:

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like all Zaurii before it

Zaurus -> Zauri.

I know that you can quibble about what the plural of 'virus' is as it's derived from an uncountable noun, but as Zaurus is clearly derived from Saurus (=lizard)

1 Saurus -> 2 Sauri
1 Zaurus -> 2 Zauri

'Zaurii' is obviously the plural of 'Zaurius', as 'Triarii' is the plural of 'Triarius'. Now go and write 'romani ite domus' on the wall 100 times.
nathanwms
1 vote for zauri

Logic? Cactus -> Cacti
Zaurus -> Zauri
rikiya
All you guys don't think wrong!smile.gif
Zaurus is the "saurs" in dinosaurs (eg. Tyrannosaurus Rex) in Japanese and Sharp used that name probably because it sounds good.
not any fancy word
Miami_Bob
The plural of Zaurus is "expensive but worth every penny".
Stubear
zaurus!
Varti
I have always liked the sound of "Zauruses", and I always use that form.

BTW a related Wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plural_form_o...s_ending_in_-us

/thread necromancy FTW!

Varti
greguu
QUOTE(Varti @ Feb 27 2018, 11:41 PM) *
I have always liked the sound of "Zauruses", and I always use that form.

BTW a related Wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plural_form_o...s_ending_in_-us

/thread necromancy FTW!

Varti


Nice work Varti, digging out this old thread.

I throw in "Zaurids" or "Zauridae" !

Why? because thats how their big brothers are called: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrannosauridae
Varti
QUOTE(greguu @ Feb 28 2018, 02:56 AM) *
Nice work Varti, digging out this old thread.

I throw in "Zaurids" or "Zauridae" !

Why? because thats how their big brothers are called: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrannosauridae

Hehe, I guess that might be also correct!

Varti
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