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tony barnhill
02-01-2004, 08:25 PM
New Classic Motorsports says they're called "Loti" in Bert Levy's article "A Tale of Three Loiti"

piman
02-02-2004, 02:15 PM
Hello Tony,
it always seemed to me rather pretentious to use Lotii rather than Lotuses, but then I'm not classically educated.

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vagt6
02-02-2004, 05:28 PM
Please, say it ain't Loti!

It just won't pass muster, at least down here in the southern USA! Sounds way too snooty for me.

tony barnhill
02-02-2004, 05:55 PM
Hey, I'm not agreeing with it, I'm just stating facts - read the magazine!! But, I do agree, Loti seems like something the yuppies would use pretentiously...as in: "I own 3 Loti!"

Bugeye58
02-02-2004, 07:51 PM
I've heard them referred to as Loti for a lot more years than yuppies have been around. As in, "A gaggle of Loti are coming through turn 9." It's also easier to say than Lotuses!
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Dave Russell
02-02-2004, 08:13 PM
A quote from another source;

"Lotus are alive and well and producing the Esprit (soon to be pensioned off) and the Elise, but
sadly no bicycles. Incidentally,-- Colin Chapman stated that the plural of Lotus is Lotus."

Just like the plural of deer is deer.

The only person I know who says "loti" IS rather pretentious.
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Roger
02-02-2004, 08:33 PM
"Loti" is a linguistic joke, just like some people refer to many Mazdas as Miatae.
1 Lotus = Lotus.
2 are also Lotus.

Bugeye58
02-02-2004, 08:37 PM
I bow to superior intellect. But, Dave, shouldn't that statement read "Lotus IS alive and well..."?
Aw, the heck with it.
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Dave Russell
02-03-2004, 01:06 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Bugeye58:
[QB] But, Dave, shouldn't that statement read "Lotus IS alive and well..."?
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Yeah, it probably should be IS, but I don't alter or correct quotations.
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C A Keller
02-06-2004, 03:21 PM
More than one Elvis impersonator are referred to as Elvii.

sammyb
02-12-2004, 03:51 PM
I thought this would be leading into a joke...
like, maybe...
what do you call more than one Lotus?
- a fire hazard
- Weapons of mass self-destruction

sammyb
02-13-2004, 04:15 AM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by tony barnhill:
Well, we coud turn it into a joke but I was just answering a question that had come up in another post a few weeks earlier..
...but I do like "weapons of mass destruction"!<hr></blockquote>

Let's just be glad this wasn't the MG section, then we really would have been making wise-cracks.

tony barnhill
02-13-2004, 04:31 AM
Well, we coud turn it into a joke but I was just answering a question that had come up in another post a few weeks earlier..
...but I do like "weapons of mass destruction"!

MattP
02-19-2004, 04:28 AM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Dave Russell:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Bugeye58:
[QB] But, Dave, shouldn't that statement read "Lotus IS alive and well..."?
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Yeah, it probably should be IS, but I don't alter or correct quotations.
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Insert sound of underused English degree kicking in here.
Actually the quote was correct as it was referring to more than one Lotus. But it does sound and look wrong.

Dave Russell
02-19-2004, 12:41 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by MattP:

Actually the quote was correct as it was referring to more than one Lotus. But it does sound and look wrong.<hr></blockquote>
You can't leave the sleeping dog alone?
Actually the statement was referring to the company - singular- a single company, not the cars - thus "is" would be correct. As in "the Lotus company IS alive & well". The statement that "the cars ARE alive & well" may or may not be true. Eh?
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