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New 10L 79S TAMBOURINE
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I’d never encountered this word in singular form before. Research suggests that it is a variant used in non-U.S. parts of the English-speaking world. 11C lists SWEEP-STAKE as a variant form of SWEEPSTAKES, though it also mentions the non-hyphenated form in the etymological notes for the entry SWOOPSTAKE, an obsolete adverb meaning “in an indiscriminate manner.” I should remember to avoid assigning fill scores to the Default entries swoopstake.
I remember learning the convention of pluralizing -US words as -I when I was very young. It was something my parents, who were not Latin scholars, passed along as an amusement for a precocious child, and it wasn’t until I reach graduate school that I discovered that many of the classic -US to -I plurals are technically incorrect. I made the error of using the word “prospecti” with a pedantic professor, and now tend to double check such plurals in the collegiate dictionary to see which forms are accepted.
Sheesh, I have a lot of TAKE* entries in the 10s. My Extras file only added nine new entries to Default, so the inflected forms of most of the TAKE phrases were already in my word list. I still need to compare the TOOK* entries in the current list to see if I missed anything.