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Andreas Johansson scripsit:

> >In general, it may look uneducated not to use a foreign plural, but
> >it can be downright bewildering to use one where a native plural is
> >normal, e.g. "Her arms swung like pendula" (recte "pendulums").
>
> I know, but trouble is, I don't always know what fomation is normal.

By "normal", I mean -s (or -es after s, z, sh, x), the regular plural
ending.  Much better to say "erratums" than "hoodla".  :-)

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