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Re: [comp.emacs] "Emacs" defined in Collins English Dictionary

From: Nic Ferrier
Subject: Re: [comp.emacs] "Emacs" defined in Collins English Dictionary
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 13:56:12 +0100

Mathias Dahl <address@hidden> writes:

> Miles Bader <address@hidden> writes:
>> it might interest people in this group that "emacs" is defined in
>> the new edition of the Collins English Dictionary (7th edition).
>> The dictionary gives the plural as "emacsen", and it is defined as
>> follows: "a powerful computer program used for creating and editing
>> text, functioning primarily through keyboard commands".
> [off-topic]
> I am a native Swedish-speaker and wonder about these plurals ending in
> -en. I have seen "emacsen" and "boxen", and to me they look "ugly"
> (not offence intended), cannot explain why. Does not sound right at
> all to me. Is there any "old" words that use this too or is this some
> modern "thing"?

Oxen, Children, Bretheren.



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