Archived viruses, was Re: Reasonable price for a complete SOL-20 system?

Fred Cisin cisin at
Mon Oct 24 19:14:45 CDT 2016

>>  What is the plural of a computer virus?).
On Mon, 24 Oct 2016, Rich Alderson wrote:
> Viruses.
> The Latin word _virus_ means "slime, poison", and is a collective noun
> . . . 
> Furthermore, it is a neuter (neither masculine nor feminine) o-stem noun,
> . . .
> The -i marker of nominative plurals is restricted to those masculine and
> . . . 
> Neuters in all ancient Indo-European languages, such as Sanskrit, Greek, and
> Latin, end in -a (or a regular development from *-a).
> . . . 
> The word _virus_ was used as a synonym for _venom_ as late as the early 20th
> . . . 
> modern usage derives from the medical term _filterable virus_, referring to a
> More than you ever wanted to know, I'm sure.

Actually, NO.
You answered a long unresolved question.
Authoritatively, and with sufficient detail to facilitate further 
research, or even to seek collaboration if there were doubts.

Thank you.

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at

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