Should this page truly be a disambiguation page? It seems like a definition, then with some "See also" links. Chazzoz 01:24, Aug 19, 2004 (UTC)
Plural of status
What is the plural of 'status'? The merriam webster says it's 'statuses', but it sounds awfull. Since it comes from Latin, should it be 'stati'?
- It generally shouldn;t be used as a plural since it's usually used as an adjective. Example: it's not a report, it's a status report. What if you have more than one? Then it's two status reports. 220.127.116.11 16:28, 12 May 2007 (UTC)
- That's not an adjective — it's an attributive noun. —Safalra 19:25, 20 June 2007 (UTC)
- No, the plural of status is status with long u (linke in mongoose). It's a fourth declension word. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_declension#Fourth_declension_.28u.29 --CE (talk) 02:23, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
That is very right!!! Even some "high performer" using a wrong plural (...es, ...i, ...ii, ....a): the right plural form is ....us (long "u") only, as nonsense does not get better by repeating. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wiehopf (talk • contribs) 09:37, 8 December 2013 (UTC)
difference between state and status
Don't have time to fix the article. The only plural allowed by the Oxford English Dictionary is status pronounced statoos. American dictionaries allow statuses. stati is absolutely wrong - you will not find it any any dictionary. For cross references other words take this form of the plural, as in apparatus.
I have seen "apparati" as a plural of "apparatus," but the general rule is that regular English plurals of Latin words are acceptable and usually preferable. Thus, "bread and circuses" is preferable to "bread and circi." Latin plurals should be reserved for use in humor or direct quotes from that language. Worse abuses of Latin plurals are quite common, such as "medias", where "media" is already the plural of "medium." Many media remind us that "the medium is the message." As a noun, "status" should almost always be used in the singular, and rephrased when "more than one status" is unavoidable. Alan R. Fisher 10:10, 1 July 2007 (UTC)
When I checked this page and Wiktionary on the plural they differed, so to avoid confusion I've removed the definition on here. Wikipedia:Wikipedia is not a dictionary. There's already a link to Wiktionary on this page people can follow. Lessthanideal (talk) 02:11, 24 December 2007 (UTC)