For some reason, this blog has become a highly-ranked search result for people who want to know the plural of the word “impetus.”
According to Oxford, it’s “impetuses.” We aim to please.
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I’ve been getting numerous referral from searches for “foot models” and, more oddly, “lobster genitals.” I wonder about the IMPETUSES of curiousity about the latter. (See what I did there?)
How interesting the web can be. I feel I have achieved Illumination
Well, thank you very much–that’s exactly how I came to find your blog just now.
My impetus was also to find its plural form… and you’ve served me well. Thanks.
Appreciate this, I do.
It might look wrong but that’s because its not much used. But its part of my language and I use it.
Now that you’ve seen it, when you look again it won’t look wrong; and impetuses will seem unwieldy and clumsy. Impetii has such a nice lift to it.
Peter, I’m a recovering prescriptivist, with hankerings for the good old days when I didn’t understand why that wasn’t a responsible outlook, but I can see no prospect for ‘impetii’ catching on.
Find me in a few decades (or dance on my grave, if you’re young enough) and scold my error, but I think ‘impetuses’ wins the day. On the other hand, I’m not going to correct you if I read something you’ve written and find ‘impetii’ there.