the most annoying thing about quizbowl

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the most annoying thing about quizbowl

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is when people say the word "bonuses".

The only correct plural of bonus is bonuses. Bonus is a latin word but it's an adjective, so its plural doesn't take an i.

"PLEASE MAKE FUN OF ME BECAUSE I SPEAK NEITHER LATIN NOR ENGLISH" is even worse. If there was a word from latin spelled"bonius", that happened to be a noun, then its plural would be PLEASE MAKE FUN OF ME BECAUSE I SPEAK NEITHER LATIN NOR ENGLISH.

so stop saying it, it sounds stupid anyway

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What a massive waste of space that I just added to.

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Post by First Chairman »

The overuse of "titular" is probably more amusing than annoying.
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wereplayingbasketball wrote:is when people say the word "bonuses".
I take it that you're pretty cool with the current state of quiz bowl in general if that's your least favorite thing.

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I thought Latin adjectives (1) agreed in form with their nouns and (2) could be recruited to serve as nouns if need be. Well (2) is true in Spanish and French so I'm streching here and I eagerly defer to the "real" Latin scholars.

P.S. I always make sure to put in a few spare "titulars" in VHSL questions.

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Actually, saying "bonuses" is silly even if it's right in Latin. The game is played in English, and the Anglicized plural is "bonuses".
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This issue was raised before, and we came to the conclusion that only losers and British people say "PLEASE MAKE FUN OF ME BECAUSE I SPEAK NEITHER LATIN NOR ENGLISH." Screw the damn dirty Latin foreigners.

Also annoying: When people fail to accept obviously equivalent answers, like the morons who go "It's Arnolfini WEDDING, not Arnolfini MARRIGAGE. Hahahahahaha, STUPID." Die.
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Another annoying thing is people who accept Khomeni for Khamenei because they didnt know there was a difference.

And then there's the misprononciation of Indian crap so I don't get it. One time, somebody pronounced Bharat "Barrett". Luckily I picked up what he was saying, and didn't completely embarrass myself.
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Re: the most annoying thing about quizbowl

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wereplayingbasketball wrote:Bonus is a latin word but it's an adjective, so its plural doesn't take an i.
No. Everything else about your post may be correct, but this is not. Full declension:

bonus bona bonum
bonuses bonae bonuses
bono bona bono
bonum bonam bonum
bono bona bono

bonuses bonae bona
bonorum bonarum bonorum
bonis bonis bonis
bonos bonas bona
bonis bonis bonis

Note that the bonuses form matches the bonus form in case (nominative) and gender (masculine).
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Post by Chris Frankel »

Howard's right, but even as someone who studied Latin for ~4 years in middle school/high school, I absolutely agree that the whole "bonuses" thing is retarded and needs to stop. For my part, I make sure to say "bonuses" in every post and tournament announcement I make that references them.
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Yeah, you're right Howard.

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Post by Sir Thopas »

Howard, the genitive neutral plural of bonus is bonorum. . . .

I know someone who uses "bonuses" as a singular. That's even worse; it bothers the hell out of me.

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Its actually neuter not neutral.

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Oops, I knew that. I'm a bit tired, sorry.

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Post by Howard »

metsfan001 wrote:Howard, the genitive neutral plural of bonus is bonorum. . . .
Doh! Nice catch. I'll be editing now.
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Post by Skepticism and Animal Feed »

I still say that we need to rename the "Bonus Conversion" statistic to "Bonage."

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Bruce wrote:I still say that we need to rename the "Bonus Conversion" statistic to "Bonage."
Excellent. That has got to be one of the funnier things mentioned on this forum. :cool:
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insaneindian wrote:
Bruce wrote: I still say that we need to rename the "Bonus Conversion" statistic to "Bonage."
Excellent. That has got to be one of the funnier things mentioned on this forum. Cool
It was amusing. But, no.

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metsfan001 wrote:Howard, the genitive neutral plural of bonus is bonorum. . . .
Bonorum? I hardly know him!


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One of the most annoying thing that has ever happened to our team was when I answered Reagan and was told that I was wrong because I wasn't specific enough. The next round someone literally answered Mr. Smith and was awarded points.

That was nothing compared to when the judges and this annoying little brunette cheated us out of the State finals. But that is a whole other rant.

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Post by bigtrain »

Unfortunately this is not the most annoying thing about quizbowl. :roll:
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Post by The Goffman Prophecies »

Why was this pointless thread revived after two months of nothing?

Mods, please make this go away.
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