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From: David B. Held (dheld_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-03-30 02:46:51

"Edward Diener" <eddielee_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> David B. Held wrote:
> >
> > Indexes: According to the American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth
> > Edition, as channeled by, "indexes" is
> > preferred to "indices".
> My dictionary mentions both,

In the same order as the AHD, I presume?

> but I have never heard an educated person in my life use the word
> "indexes" as a plural for index rather than the word "indices".

Maybe all the educated people you know speak Latin. ;) My
experience is just the opposite. Usually, when I hear someone
say "indices", they come across as a bit pretentious.

> And I don't particularly care what the Google hit rates are since
> a great many people are poorly educated.

You sound like a dyed-in-the-wool prescriptive grammarian. ;>
For us descriptivists, grammar is a democracy, so majority rules.


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