Why is cactus singular when it has “us” in it and why is cacti plural when it has “i” in it
"Back in the Old Days, there were the Romans:
Now, the Romans didn’t speak English(perhaps because it hadn’t originated yet), the dumb bastards.
Thus, they had their own language, called Latin, which has since morphed and become several languages by mixing with local ‘barbarian’ tongues.
The Romans, it is to be noted, once controlled England. They held out the Celts and made their own Roman state out of the lovely little island where our language of English originates.
And English, believe it or not, still didn’t exist when the Romans got there.
So, wonder of wonders, a bit of that Latin influence was left when the Romans gave up and left the Brits back to their sheepherding.” credit for the quoted message from the genuine Welshman ilananight
To sum it up: because it originates from latin where us is not us and I is not I.
And on a side note, I’d like you to also think about how sept, oct, novem, and dec (whoohoo, latin prefixes) are 7, 8, 9, 10 but are the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th months because someone just decided to throw in January and February. && don’t forget, August(us), if you catch my drift, if you don’t, he was a roman emperor. For shame.
The audio drama, which begins recording today in a secret London location, has a cast including Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall) as Newton Pulsifer, Josie Lawrence (Skins, EastEnders) as Agnes Nutter and Paterson Joseph (Peep Show, Green Wing) as Famine, as well as a host of delightful cameos, from the Gardeners’ Question Time team to Neil and Terry themselves. Other cameos are set to delight listeners, but they are under wraps for now. Probably in a dusty occult bookshop in Covent Garden, but no one is quite sure. (x)