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  •  I took Latin a long time ago and (1+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest

    here's why they have the -ii endings.

    First, Douglas ends with "as" and Gholson ends with "on" and Latin nouns in the nominative case can't end with the letters -as or -on. So, to convert them to Latin, just add an "ius" --

    Douglasius or Gholsonius.

    However, if you want to make the words possessive (for example, Douglas's Crow or Gholson's Grass), you have to change the case to genitive. So "ius" changes to "ii".

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 05:48:26 PM PDT

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