What is the plural of Aide Memoire?

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by TheKnave, Sep 10, 2010.

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  1. Aide Memoires

    11.2%
  2. Aides Memoire

    73.4%
  3. Aides Memoires

    10.5%
  4. Something else

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  1. This has been bugging me for months. Google doesn't help.
     
  2. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    Google, first hit:

    "Aide Memoire" plural
     
  3. That's great but look at the 2nd, 3rd and 4th hits.
     
  4. I think since the word "aide" is a verb in this usage, the pluralization would be on "memoires."
     
  5. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    I have resorted to the OED which says this:

    pl. aides-mémoire (pronounc, same)

    The Dictionary - every home should have one ^~
     
  6. If multple aids for one task - Aides Memoire

    If a number of aids for a number of different tasks - Aide Memoirs
     
  7. 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?
     
  8. See its not just me. This is nearly as complex a question as, "do you stand or sit when you wipe your bum?".
     
  9. I can`t understand why people are discussing the niceties of a dieing, superceeded language.
     
  10. Although French in origin, it is definitely an English word(s).
     
  11. In keeping with this literary thread, fixed it for you. ;-)
     
  12. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    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)
     
  13. I think it also depends on the context in which it is used.
     
  14. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    I need a bigger dictionary then
     
  15. 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.