Is anyone else annoyed it's "forums" instead of "fora"?

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Iñigo de Loyola
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Latin student reporting in (my school did a trainee KS3 Latin class), just saw this and had it bug me a bit.

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Do you mean on TSR?

No, not annoyed. This site is in English not Latin 😂
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from OED: The plural of forum is usually spelled forums; the plural fora (as in the original Latin) is chiefly used when talking about a public square in an ancient Roman city.
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I think I would be annoyed otherwise.
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Literally nobody else is bothered except you. I hope this helps

Pointless pedantry is a waste of time and makes you look unnecessarily intolerant.
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(Original post by Paracosm)
Literally nobody else is bothered except you. I hope this helps
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I’ve moderated the forum for nearly three years now and I’ve never seen anyone complain about this before, so kudos to you for bringing such a unique complaint to the table!
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It vaguely annoyed me when I first started using messageboards when I was about 11.
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not in the slightest but then again I am not cultured in Latin :dontknow:
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As a self-appointed guardian of Latin your linguistical ire would be more productively directed at 'penii' (Greek), 'octopi' (also Greek), 'ignorami' (not a noun) and similar such pseudish hyper-corrections, than towards legitimate modern usage.
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It's an interesting linguistic question, particularly how English borrows some of the Latin inflections sometimes (such as singular and plural, e.g. radius, radii, antenna, antennae) but not, for example, all the different case endings.

I have two theories:
– 'Forum' is seen as being so far-removed from its Latin meaning that the link with Latin is less strong in people's minds, so it gets treated as a normal English word and takes an '-s' plural.
– Unlike 'antenna' or 'radius' or similar words, the sort of people that started to use the word 'forum' for an online forum are less likely to know Latin, so it didn't occur to them to use 'fora' as the plural.
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