Jun. 12th, 2012

Dwarrow?

Jun. 12th, 2012 03:48 am
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(Dwarrow, ridiculous affectation of some people just to avoid honest discussion.  Some sort of irregular archaic plural for "dwarf" that probably died out in 1205, if it even existed outside of some tiny hamlet in Northumbria.)

I see with a sort of shock yet no real surprise that Dictionary dot com and Merriam-Webster dot com both give "dwarves" as an acceptable plural for "dwarf."  Some commenters even seem to think that Disney committed an inexplicable error in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."  (Not to mention all books in English written up until -- well, now.)

No, people.  Until a few years ago "Dwarves" existed only as a fantasy race in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.  Now all of a sudden they've taken over. When did that happen?

I know language changes all the time, but I hate being in the middle of it.

/grumping

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