Are you guys genii?

Remember the other day when I posted a link to Musicovery and told you to wait for my next post on GENI ? Well this is it :), sorry it took some time but I had a group project and finished yesterday at 4 p.m then slept from 6.30 p.m to 7 a.m today 😀 wohooo (still tired though 😦 ).

Anywayyy, I never had to use the plural of the word genius in a formal paper or anything of the kind so I never actually thought about it or checked what the right word is, I just decided that it’s geniuses, but since I had to write it in that post and since Shadz is always riding my back about my I’s which aren’t always capital and about where my comma should be and other stupid shit he calls “spelling mistakes”, I thought i’d check it. WikiAnswers came to the rescue with a quick conclusion that came down to this:

 Q: What is the plural of genius?

 A: That’s a good question. As you may or may not know, there is some disagreement and controversy over the proper plural of the noun genius.

In most cases, one can acceptably use geniuses as the plural. In fact, when referring to the “quality” of genius (as opposed to an individual possessing certain qualities or a certain nature), geniuses is the plural that one should normally use.

However, when referring to an individual as a genius, the most correct plural is genii (that’s three syllables). This is because genius is derived from Latin. It is the first-person masculine singular form of the word. The first-person masculine plural is genii.

There is one additional, and rare, case where the plural genii should be used. This is the form of the word that comes from Roman mythology and refers to a guardian spirit of a person or place.

If this is all a little too complex to remember and apply, just remember that geniuses will sound correct–even if not brilliant and erudite–in most cases. It’s actually quite infrequently that the general populace uses the word genii.

Now after I finished the post i researched some more and here is what i found:

Pronunciation: \ˈjēn-yəs, ˈjē-nē-əs\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural ge·nius·es or ge·nii \-nē-ˌī\
Etymology: Latin, tutelary spirit, natural inclinations, from gignere to beget
Date: 1513
1 a plural genii : an attendant spirit of a person or place b plural usually genii : a person who influences another for good or bad.
2: a strong leaning or inclination : penchant.
3 a: a peculiar, distinctive, or identifying character or spirit b: the associations and traditions of a place c: a personification or embodiment especially of a quality or condition
4 plural usually genii : spirit , jinni
5 a plural usually geniuses : a single strongly marked capacity or aptitude <had a genius for getting along with boys — Mary Ross> b: extraordinary intellectual power especially as manifested in creative activity c: a person endowed with transcendent mental superiority ; especially : a person with a very high IQ.
Now this definition says that geniuses is the right word for people with intellectual power especially manifested in creative activity, which is what I was going for, so I’m guessing geniuses is the right word for it, but I’m not going to change it thank you very much, genii sounds much smarter :D.

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