#37 'vaginas' missing from en_US

closed-fixed
None
6
2012-10-21
2010-07-04
Fredrik Hultin
No

The plural form of "vagina", "vaginas" is missing from the en_US dictionary. "vaginae" is currently the only accepted plural form.

Note: present in the GB dictionary.

Discussion

  • Kevin Atkinson
    Kevin Atkinson
    2010-10-31

    I consider vaginas a variant of vagina. I have a general policy of not adding variant forms to the dictionary. I make exceptions on occasion, especially for plurals of this form, but I need some proof that both forms are in common use or that dictionaries disagree which is the preferred form.

    I am marking this as "Wont Fix", I will eventual close this bug unless I find such proof.

     
  • Kevin Atkinson
    Kevin Atkinson
    2010-10-31

    • priority: 5 --> 3
    • assigned_to: nobody --> kevina
    • status: open --> open-wont-fix
     
  • Fredrik Hultin
    Fredrik Hultin
    2010-11-11

    I don't know about the project's policies, but I'd be happier if my spell checker wouldn't complain about correctly spelled common words.

    Oxford says "noun (plural vaginas or vaginae /-niː/)", and wiktionary says "vagina (plural vaginas or vaginae or vaginæ)" suggesting that "vaginas" is a more common form than vaginae.

    Merriam-Webster reverses the order, suggesting that vaginae is more common

    I'd also like to say that it does look a bit bad politically when you type "vaginas and penises" in a text area and the spell checker only complains about "vaginas". That's how I found this issue.

    sources:
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vagina
    http://oxforddictionaries.com/view/entry/m_en_gb0918950#m_en_gb0918950
    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/vagina#Derived_terms

     
  • Kevin Atkinson
    Kevin Atkinson
    2010-12-29

    And COCA (Corpus of Contemporary American English) agrees with you. Will fix by most likely letting both forms in.

     
  • Kevin Atkinson
    Kevin Atkinson
    2010-12-29

    • priority: 3 --> 6
    • status: open-wont-fix --> open
     
  • Kevin Atkinson
    Kevin Atkinson
    2012-10-21

    • status: open --> closed-fixed
     
  • Kevin Atkinson
    Kevin Atkinson
    2012-10-21

    Fixed in svn commit #180.