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Reader comment on item: America's Know-Nothing Diplomacy [article]

Submitted by Marjorie Gann (Canada), Nov 12, 2016 at 23:54

Just a quick note regarding the last word, "ignorami." The plural of "ignoramus" is "ignoramuses." The word "ignoramus" is actually the first-person plural form of a Latin verb meaning "We do not know." It's not a noun with the "us" ending, so it can't be made plural by changing "us" to "i."


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Daniel Pipes replies:

It's listed as valid by Merriam-Webster as an English-language word; plus, it's a whole lot more fun to conclude an article with than "ignoramuses."

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