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what would be the proper plural of "Burning Man"?

Postby ragnar1963 » Fri Jan 02, 2004 12:32 pm

Referring to the annual event, not the burned-on-Saturday icon itself:
"I've attended four Burning Mans."
"I've attended four Burning Men."
Both sound awkward.


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Postby NaughtySnowAngel » Fri Jan 02, 2004 12:55 pm

How about simply saying....

"I've attended Burning Man four times"
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Postby ragnar1963 » Fri Jan 02, 2004 2:41 pm

~~thanks for your elegant rewording!~~
maybe that's the only solution. . .
seems like there should be some kind of usable plural, though.
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Postby stuart » Fri Jan 02, 2004 3:42 pm

burnings man? ya know, like, attorneys general.
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Postby Last Real Burner » Fri Jan 02, 2004 7:23 pm

burning menzes

probably,
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Postby Keltoi » Fri Jan 02, 2004 8:02 pm

Or, I have attended four Burning Men Festivals or Celebrations or Events only one problem, those meanings can also refer to other activities of Burning Man and not the main event itself.. otherwise good question, kinda like why 4 moose and not meese? :D
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Postby Bob » Sat Jan 03, 2004 6:32 am

Burntards.
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Postby Keltoi » Sat Jan 03, 2004 8:22 am

I have been to 4 "Burnings" or I have been to several "Burns"........unlike myself, I have not been yet......and hope to someday....it sounds great
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Postby madmatt » Sat Jan 03, 2004 5:01 pm

Most common one I've heard is "Burns"
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Postby Patience » Mon Jan 05, 2004 12:30 pm

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Postby BlueBirdPoof » Tue Jan 06, 2004 1:02 pm

"burningmanses"
Oh, like the Oakland Firestorm.
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Postby technopatra » Wed Jan 07, 2004 1:12 am

"burningmenses"...like the mood I'm in right now where I wanna tear everybody's head off and set them on fire, then cry with joy at the pretty colors while eating chocolate.

Sorry. Somebody had to go there. As you were.
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Postby Severian » Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:04 pm

Seriously? It would be "Burning Mans", in the same way that the term for more than one fly ball is flys instead of flies, or the term for more than one computer mouse is mouses, not mice.

Attribution here to Steven Pinker in his book "Words and Rules", which examines the roots of language and interestingly clears up some weird grammar along the way.

Pinker would also be the first to say that it doesn't really matter what words you use or how you spell them, as long as you're being understood!
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Postby ragnar1963 » Thu Jan 22, 2004 12:47 am

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Postby Rob the Wop » Thu Jan 22, 2004 9:23 am

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The other, other white meat.
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Burns

Postby robbidobbs » Thu Jan 22, 2004 12:36 pm

I've been to 5 Burns.
The BurningMans in the past have all been better than the present BurningMan.
Or collective...like fish.
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Postby Wind_Borne » Thu Jan 22, 2004 4:58 pm

Severian wrote:the term for more than one computer mouse is mouses...


Oh. I always thought the term that was hopeless tangle of wires.
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Postby Guest » Mon Jan 26, 2004 5:55 pm

burning menses?

eeeeiiiiuuuuwww...
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Postby Licentious Queen » Mon Jan 26, 2004 6:08 pm

genghis wrote:burning menses?

eeeeiiiiuuuuwww...


HAHA!!! I ditto that eeeeiiiiuuuuwww. Man, that's bad. Did you come up with that or wass it previously posted?
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Postby Guest » Mon Jan 26, 2004 6:10 pm

i think i came up with it.
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Postby foamin' at the mouth » Mon Jan 26, 2004 6:12 pm

Or collective...like fish.

If you're talking about the same species in plural it's 'fish' but multiple species its 'fishes' right?
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Postby Licentious Queen » Mon Jan 26, 2004 6:18 pm

foamin' at the mouth wrote:
Or collective...like fish.

If you're talking about the same species in plural it's 'fish' but multiple species its 'fishes' right?


multiple species? or multiple fish? I'm confused. Because if you're talking about multiple fish it's always fish. Like: "Hey, there are a lot of fish in that tank!"

but I don't know if that changes with multiple species...
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This one has a little star...

Postby BlueBirdPoof » Tue Jan 27, 2004 10:11 am

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish

Foam is correct. Multiple sardines--fish. Multiple sardines and one deep sea angler--fishes.

Actually that's to the best of my memory. Maybe someone can humiliate me by finding some other usage on-line.

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Re: what would be the proper plural of "Burning Man&quo

Postby Dan D. Lyon » Tue Mar 02, 2004 1:42 am

ragnar1963 wrote:Referring to the annual event, not the burned-on-Saturday icon itself:
"I've attended four Burning Mans."
"I've attended four Burning Men."
Both sound awkward.


It’s a singular semantic thing — how many you’s or me’s are there? The burning man is like an individual, and the annual event is a birthday-party-revival-immolation-ritual (check here http://www.burningman.com/press/myths.html#generator for other colorful wordings). Hence there is only one b-man with many unique incarnations. So, like NaughtySnowAngel so simply put it "I've attended Burning Man four times" -- you might add the *individual* years "'96, '97, 2000 and 2003."
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Postby Wind_Borne » Tue Mar 02, 2004 2:03 am

the term for more than one computer mouse is mouses...


Honestly, I had thought the plural for computer mouse was computer mice (and I like the image).

But then, I'm a track ball guy. And the plural of track ball is, of course, track balls. Or is it tracks ball?
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Postby tonka » Tue Mar 02, 2004 2:47 pm

how many burns have you been to?



thats how i'd put it
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Postby rodent » Tue Mar 02, 2004 2:53 pm

tonka wrote:how many burns have you been to?



I definitely agree with you there.

but in more linguistic terms, BM is an event so...

I've been to 4 Birthday Parties this week.

I attended 3 Dead Shows this year.

I've participated in 4 Burning Mans since 1995.

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Postby III » Tue Mar 02, 2004 3:57 pm

burning man is the big stick they light on fire.

you've probably gone to a couple of the festivals, though.

(i think, but am not sure, that it's actually called the black rock arts festival.)
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Postby Dan D. Lyon » Wed Mar 03, 2004 11:54 am

The 'stick' man (wooden sculpture) is a symbol (no label attached) that has a cycle akin to the Phoenix (burning/returning bird myth), which also has a singular namesake. If there was a festival to accompany it, you wouldn't say, "I've attended 4 Phoenix's", but "I've attended 4 Phoenix burns" or "I've attended 'burning Phoenix' 4 times."

My ticket stub from last year is titled "Burning Man 2003" no mention of 'brc arts festival'.

I've been to b-man many times and each year is so unique, I associate the year very strongly with the memory. For instance the difference of '96 and '97 was literally like the themes 'Dante's inferno' to 'fertility'.
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