Antennae, not antennas, you fucking dummy

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43 Responses to Antennae, not antennas, you fucking dummy

  1. Bear says:

    “Aerial.”

  2. jo says:

    just for fun- my old Webster’s New Collegiate – pub date 1977~
    ref: has both pl spellings-after the word and pronunciation~ but does not discuss the different applications. The definitions follow after…
    Not what I was expecting!~

    Cool though~ I learned a couple things today!
    I always prefer to believe it is NOT about being right or wrong- but learning/knowing the truth!

  3. ChuckN says:

    Silly Wirecutter, you think schools still teach English, let alone Latin? Why, as we speak (or type as the case may be) there are hundreds if not thousands of ivy leaguers that believe alumni is singular.

  4. Kenny Zwick says:

    Actually the plurality of antennas is antenae for insects and antennas for electronics.

    • Wirecutter says:

      Not when I went to antennae school in the army it wasn’t.

      • Tsquared says:

        You were trained at an Air Force school. The USAF had a big debate about it in the late 80’s and decided antennas for electronics was correct. I retired Tropo/Microwave maintenance in 2004 and that was a running joke for about 10 years.

        • Wirecutter says:

          Okay, instead of admitting that I was once right but am now wrong, I’m just gonna fall back onto that old “Can’t teach an old dog new tricks” argument.

          • Djamer says:

            Why is the “truth” always changing and who the fuck gets to decide it? I vote for myself. . .

            • Tsquared says:

              Actually it was a Major General at Maxwell AFB in the late 80’s.

              In my case 2 stars beat the hell out of 6 stripes at the time.

  5. Terry says:

    An anechoic chamber (an-echoic meaning “non-reflective, non-echoing, echo-free”) is a room designed to completely absorb reflections of either sound or electromagnetic waves.
    Like a microwave oven.

    • 1980XLS says:

      Worked on one of them for United Technologies about 20 years ago.
      When done, they hung an F16 figter Jet on cables in the middle of the place.
      One of the most interesting projects I was ever involved in.

      Building was 100% radio wave proof as well.
      The contractor I was working for said the door to the hanger alone cost over $100K all by itself.
      The gaskets were actually electrical brushes to block any inbound or outbound RF signals.

  6. Ed says:

    The right way (electronic antennas), the wrong way (insect antennas) and the Army Way (electronic antennae).

  7. VMS says:

    Kenny is correct! Languages (and many other things) change. Antennae was the accepted plural for antenna, But at some point, a distinction was made between insects and electronics. The accepted spelling today is as Kenny says.

    • Andrew says:

      And, surprisingly, Dan Quayle was right when he said ‘potato’ (American modern spelling) had an ‘e’ at the end (potatoe – the way edumacated snobbish old people used to spell it.)

      But what do you expect from people who pronounce the word ‘Corps’ as ‘corpse’ and not like the Marine way?

      Wurds er fun, eh?

      • JeremyR says:

        Give Barry a break, the only Corps he was familiar was the Washington Press Corps. The face of the press in Washington back then was Helen Thomas, a walking corpse if ever there was.

    • Djamer says:

      And again, what’s right becomes wrong, and what’s wrong becomes right, or is that right becomes left, and left becomes right? . . . I’m so damn confused!

  8. Don in Oregon says:

    Two antennae got married … the wedding was only so-so, but the reception was terrific!

  9. rocketguy says:

    The absolute silence in those anechoic chambers is a bit disturbing.

  10. California southpaw says:

    Yesterday she couldn’t spell scientist…

    Ever read “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury? We’re getting there.

  11. Richard W says:

    Hey folks, the English language is a living, evolving thing. Think about it; we now speak of radar, lasers, automobiles, airplanes and all sorts things. Also we spell things differently than our cousins across the pond. Don’t get hung up on the fiddly bits.

    • California southpaw says:

      Let’s just skip the middleman and go straight to ebonics, amirite?

      Yeah, no.

  12. Mike_C says:

    Either road, I’m just grateful they’re not calling them “antennaz”.

  13. Bad_Brad says:

    I’d like to invite you all to stop by to view my Cactuses Garden. I built it on big raduises for easy viewing.

  14. rocketride says:

    Actually, it seems consensus has settled on the plural ‘antennae’ for ones that are parts of critters, and ‘antennas’ for ones that are parts of electronic circuits.

  15. Rich W. says:

    Radii?

  16. VMS says:

    The European Commission has announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU, rather than German, which was the other contender. Her Majesty’s Government conceded that English spelling had room for improvement and has therefore accepted a five-year phasing in of “Euro-English”.

    In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly, this will make sivil servants jump for joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of the “k”, Which should klear up some konfusion and allow one key less on keyboards.

    There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”, making words like “fotograf” 20% shorter.

    In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent “e” is disgrasful.

    By the fourth yer, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v”.

    During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou” and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters. After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and everivun vil find it ezi to understand ech ozer. ZE DREM VIL FINALI COM TRU!

    Herr Schmidt

    • rocketride says:

      And the language will keep on evolving until the new spellings fit just as badly as the current ones do now. (This is, seriously, the main argument against spelling reform, in whatever language. One I mostly agree with, BTW.)

  17. Bad_Brad says:

    I machine RF shit. It’s antennae

  18. Jeep says:

    Tomato, potato…meh.

  19. Skip says:

    I just wanna know what happened to the camel toes.

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