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beachhead1985

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Propper Plurals?
« on: 08 October 2015, 22:43:25 »
Occasionally when reading a BT product, I will come across a reference to multiple examples of a mech, but without the expected plural. It is as if the name was a whole new word with different rules.

Example; I expect the plural of Rifleman to be Riflemen, but I typically see it written as Riflemans. Why is this?

Another example would be the Flashman.

A more unique example would be the Atlas. Is it Atlases or Atlai?



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Re: Propper Plurals?
« Reply #1 on: 09 October 2015, 01:51:49 »
Because these are proper names, not regular nouns, they are not pluralized as you would the noun by itself. So man ~ men but Rifleman ~ Riflemans, etc.

The proper plural of Atlas is Atlases. even without the above rule, it would never, ever be Atlai.

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Re: Propper Plurals?
« Reply #2 on: 09 October 2015, 12:55:20 »
Wow, that's neat. I'd wondered about this.

I wonder now if there is a BT pronunciation guide anywhere? This universe has to be the king of that odd reading phenomena of "Years of reading that word and I never imagined it sounded that way."
Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries

These, in the day when heaven was falling,      Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
The hour when earth's foundations fled,         They stood, and earth's foundations stay;
Followed their mercenary calling,               What God abandoned, these defended,
And took their wages, and are dead.             And saved the sum of things for pay.
     
A.E. Housman