Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by TheKnave, Sep 10, 2010.
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This has been bugging me for months. Google doesn't help.
Google, first hit:
"Aide Memoire" plural
That's great but look at the 2nd, 3rd and 4th hits.
I think since the word "aide" is a verb in this usage, the pluralization would be on "memoires."
I have resorted to the OED which says this:
pl. aides-mémoire (pronounc, same)
The Dictionary - every home should have one
If multple aids for one task - Aides Memoire
If a number of aids for a number of different tasks - Aide Memoirs
I don't know if I can take grammar advice from someone who can't spell pluralisation but you make a good point. Could it not also be considered a noun in this instance?
See its not just me. This is nearly as complex a question as, "do you stand or sit when you wipe your bum?".
I can`t understand why people are discussing the niceties of a dieing, superceeded language.
Although French in origin, it is definitely an English word(s).
In keeping with this literary thread, fixed it for you.
er don't mean to be rude but its defo: aides-mémoire according to my Oxford English Dic (tho it is about 15 years old now)
I think it also depends on the context in which it is used.
I need a bigger dictionary then
It's frog for memory-jogger. Two of them would be memory-joggers. One memory, two joggers, so aides-memoire.
As Rampant eluded, the "s" isn't sounded. In frog-speak, if "s" is the last letter of a word, it's not usually pronounced unless the word following begins with a vowel.
It would be easier to use the English equivalent - crib sheet, but then there'd be complaints that the blanket doesn't reach your knees.
Separate names with a comma.