21 February 2011

Obvious stupid is stupid obvious

It seems like every couple of weeks now, some buffoon on Bell of Lost Souls makes a comment referring to "Codexes".

Today it actually started with the following gem:

in reply to Gareson
Would you rather quickly done, not planned out codi *cough*Tyranids*cough*, or well written and interesting codi?

"Codi"?  Really?  To be fair, at least the poster knew that something was wrong with his first instinct.

This being the internet, it wasn't long before someone supplied the correction.  Yes, children, the plural of "codex" is..."codices".


"Codex" is a Latin word for an old book.  Basically.  And the plural ending for words ending in "-dex" is "-dices".  I don't make these rules.  Blame the Romans.

Other words you might know like this include index, uh...subindex, and...uh...caudex.  Words ending "-ix" are the same.  Appendix.  Radix.  Also words ending "-tex".  Vortex.  Vertex.  Cortex.  And words ending "-pex".  Auspex.  But not apex.  Oh well.

Spandex is actually pluralized spandexes.  This word is an anagram for expands.  It was invented by Americans.

Now, back to BoLS, and here enters RealGenius.  Spoiler alert:  He's not a real genius.

Since it is a big 'c' word, you can use Codexes as well. No one speaks Latin here


It is the "Space Marine Codex", not the "Space Marine book-format-that-replaced-the-scroll-and-stone-tablet". English, we take words and make them ours.


I read Codexes, not codexes or codices.

Now, part way through looking like a complete fool, RealGenius makes this interesting move:

in reply to RealGenius
I think your username looks ridiculous when taken in context of what you're saying.

in reply to RealGenius
Finally the irony (OMG, a joke?!) isn't lost on PANZERbunny.


in reply to Psyberwolfe
Happy to be an American with the right to argue any damn point I want. Seriously, how often does this come up? (At least twice a year.) Why to people keep trying to correct grammar in the comments section of a poorly edited blog? I'd link you to several other articles where I explain codex/codicies, but I'm lazy and the irony/humor would be lost on you.

in reply to RealGenius
Oh please do I'm all ears. The irony here is linked to my previous statement, "...can't be bothered to read a dictionary..." vs. yours, "...I'm lazy..."

in reply to RealGenius
You spelt "codices" wrong. Just sayin' :P

But I will give RealGenius this: he goes out with a little class.

in reply to RealGenius
Twice a year? I think it came up four weeks ago. The appropriate plural is "codices," but GW has printed "codexes," so do what you want. I'm sticking with "codices" because I like to feel superior to you.

in reply to Weafwolf
Best reason ever!

This will come up again, I'm sure. And every time it does, we can look back on this moment and see a high point of low points in the 40k meta.

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