Merriam Webster weighs in on Lotus Plural
We are having a discussion on a automobile forum as to the correct spelling for the plural of Lotus. Some of us use Lotus, some use Lotuses, 3 use Loti. Lotus is an British car manufacturer. The founder asked that the plural be Lotus. A recent letter from the factory states they wish the plural to be Lotus. Some of us say it doesn't matter what they want, it has to do with the accepted spelling of Lotus and not it's meaning. Which is the correct spelling?
We do not usually enter regular plurals in our dictionary, only irregular
ones like "fish" or "foci." "Lotuses" is the generally accepted plural of
"lotus," so I would say that it should also be applied to the car.
Furthermore, it doesn't seem awkward to say "We both own Lotuses," as one
would say "We both own Fords," which means it wouldn't catch too many
people's attention as being wrong.
Of course Tim still won't except this. I have a letter from the Italian president saying we should spell Venice, Venezia like they do. So should we also change that? If you go back and read my posts, this is what I said, it has to do with usage over the years, (catch too many people's attention). If we all used Lotus, yes then Webster would put in a footnote as being acceptable. Even if it's a totally made up word with a made up plural, if enough people change the plural OR continually spell it in a different manor that becomes an accepted variation.
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