Post by Vidcapper Post by Tony
90% new infections are young homosexual & bisexual men.
rather than being viruses?
Viri is the second declension masculine but since Virus is a neuter noun
it cannot be masculine of feminine. In addition virus is a mass noun
where it is only ever used to describe a group of 'stuff' like sand or
smoke (the noun not the noun-ed verb). The Romans never pluralised an
uncountable mass noun like water or fruit, the use of fruits of your
labours or the sands of time is a modern phenomenon.
I have Gwynne's latin on my desk right now but he remains silent on
virus which is odd as he has a lot to say about absolutely everything else.
Even the ancient Romans didn't bother to decline it correctly, later
ecclesiastic latin post Roman empire never had a go but there is a
modern latin community that deals with virus in our modern context of a
disease (the original meaning is toxin or venom) and they use vira (long i).