You see how it got there don't you? If you look up thesaurus in a dictionary, it tells you that there are two possible plurals +es or +i. Now if you've never noticed that some English nouns that end in -us form their plurals by dropping the -us and replacing it with -i, it would make sense just to stick an -i on the end and voila!
I referred the obvious mistake for deletion, but lo and behold, thesaurusi is actually out there, and not just in the nescient scribblings of some teenage facebook adict.
- 1965, Pierre A. Rinfret, “Changing Population and Changing Demand”, Financial Analysts Journal, Vol. 17 No. 5, page 75:
- In the closing weeks of 1959 and the early weeks of 1960, book dealers must have had a bonanza in selling thesaurusi.
- 1999, Lynn Tooma et al., Exploring the Bible, ISBN 0884894649, page 49:
- Gather a variety of dictionaries and thesaurusi written for middle-school students as well as adults.
- 2004, Vincent Mary, “MeSH and Specialized Terminologies”, in MedInfo 2004, ISBN 1586034448, page 530:
- UMLS is an integration of several thesaurusi.
"(rare, considered nonstandard) Misconstruction of thesauruses, plural form of thesaurus."At the SEWikt, we've put a redirect to thesauri and left it at that. But don't be surprised if one dark night, just when you least expect it, you stumble across alumnusi, stimulusi, fungusi, nucleusi, cactusi or one of their ilk and you find yourself running screaming down the street, your descriptivist sensibilities flapping behind you in tatters.
The odd thing is that I think it would actually sound unpleasant even if you didn't know it was wrong
So, how many times does a word have to be spelt incorrectly the same way (in some kind of authoritative reference) before it becomes an 'accepted spelling'?
Anywhere from once to never.
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