Was the original of mice not an earlier cartoon cat (possibly Sylvester)
who's refrain was "I hate these meeces to pieces!"
From: Mike Weatherley [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 19 February 2005 10:41
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Graffiti grammar
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From: "Trevor Ogden" <[log in to unmask]>
> Medium and datum are still recognisable English nouns which can
> mean one of the media or an item of data. Similarly criteria
> (definitely) and bacteria (probably).
Criterion (Greek?) Bacterium (Latin)
> I think you are right that 'die' now means something different and is not
> immediately recognised as the singular of dice, so I should regard dice as
> a singular. I should think that the plural also ought to be dice, as
> sounds uncomfortable.
I always remember that in Tom and Jerry cartoons, the plural of
'Mouse' was given as 'Meeces'. If that's any help :o)
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