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I learned in this great website (I just found out about it today), that the plural of status is 'statuses.' I don't know what you think, but in my personal opinion this sounds horribleEmotion: ick!! If the plural ofAlumnus is Alumni, why can't we apply the same rule with Status? I bet that's the way the Romans did it.Emotion: stick out tongue
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To me, a person learning English as a second language, 'statuses' seems a form more rational than 'stati' as the plural of 'status'. I would like to say even 'spaghettuses'. Emotion: stick out tongue
paco
Hi,

I think the reason that many universities like the word 'alumni' instead of 'alumnuses' is because they want to give the word an 'academic, look at me, I know Latin' kind of air. That way, the alumni will donate more money to their alma mater.

No such cachet attaches to the word 'status'.

Best wishes, Clive
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CliveHi,

I think the reason that many universities like the word 'alumni' instead of 'alumnuses' is because they want to give the word an 'academic, look at me, I know Latin' kind of air. That way, the alumni will donate more money to their alma mater.

No such cachet attaches to the word 'status'.

Best wishes, Clive

I totally agree. Besides, 'status' is now an English word.
The problem is that you haven't said it enough yet. Say, "statuses, statuses, statuses, statuses, ..." at least one thousand times. After that "stati" will sound positively ridiculous. Emotion: wink
It's also probably very easy to avoid the need for the plural.

"The relative status of each of the defendants is insignificant...." Each defendant has one status; none has more than one status.
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Re: spaghettuses.

You mean "spaghettos", of course, the (Italian) singular of 'spaghetti" being "spaghetto". Emotion: geeked
Dear sir,

«Status» is a noun of the fourth declension. It has the plural «status» in Latin with a long U. «Stati» is therefore an error.

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Goldmund
Extremely clever response Clive !! Nice use of wit and wording!
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