On Wed, 6 Oct 2004 19:48:46 +0100, Ray Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > But 'agendae' - ach y fi! A plural of a plural! How long before > we meet "datae"? Or "omnibi"? On Thu, 7 Oct 2004 19:25:55 +0100, Ray Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Groan!! I remember when we had 'datum' with it plural 'data'. In German, we have "Datum" with two meanings: the generic meaning, as in English (an item, a piece of information), which is rare, and a specific one: date (the day on which something takes place), which is very common. In my company, the word is occasionally pluralised as *Datümer in the second sense (using the common but IMO not productive plural "-er), since the regular plural Daten nearly always refers to "data". *Datümer is, strictly speaking, wrong, but the distinction is useful, especially since computer programmers have to deal not only with dates but also with data frequently. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <[log in to unmask]> Watch the Reply-To!