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Quick query - Football stadiums or stadia?

(8 Posts)
unknownrebelbang Sun 13-Jul-08 13:59:55

Which is correct?

Can either be used?


giddykipper Sun 13-Jul-08 14:00:55


fryalot Sun 13-Jul-08 14:01:11

either nowadays.

Stadia perhaps make you appear a little more highbrow, but they are both equally correct.

unknownrebelbang Sun 13-Jul-08 14:06:36

lol, squonk - I said Stadia, DH said Stadiums


AllFallDown Mon 14-Jul-08 13:34:50

Stadiums is preferred now, because it is no longer a latin word. Therefore there is no need to use a latin ending. Only those who have no interest in what goes on inside stadiums calls them stadia. On another stadium-related note, a vomitorium is not a place where people go to throw up, it is the passageway connecting the viewing area of the stadium to the outside. You enter and exit the bowl of the stadium through the vomitorium. Though most sprots organisations just hang signs saying "EXIT" these days. Idiots.

MrsBumblebee Mon 14-Jul-08 14:21:56

Stadiums. It's an English word that just happens to be the same as the original Latin. You don't go into a supermarket and buy two 'pizze', you buy two pizzas.

UnquietDad Mon 14-Jul-08 22:55:30

Seems an opportune moment to dig out this anecdote again.

Apparently one Cambridge professor recently e-mailed another to suggest that they should meet up for Sunday lunch and "discuss some conundra about pendula". The answer he received was:

"Surely we both have more interesting things to occupy us on a Sunday afternoon than sitting on our ba doing sa?"

MrsBumblebee Tue 15-Jul-08 07:59:13

Thanks UD, you brightened up my morning.

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