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In a message dated 10/9/04 7:00:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
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<< I've shuddered to hear "syllabi" as a _singular_ before. >>
This seems to be the standard usage of the secretaries in the Modern
Languages Dept. of the university where I work.
On the reverse formation, Annie Dillard has a bright teenager coining
"intelligentsium"
(as singular from intelligentsia) as a term for herself, presumably the only
intelligent person in her community.
John Leland