[FFmpeg-devel] OT: matrices (was: [PATCH] MLP/TrueHD Decoder - 2nd try)

Dave Dodge dododge
Wed Jul 2 23:30:52 CEST 2008

On Wed, Jul 02, 2008 at 04:54:30PM +0100, M??ns Rullg??rd wrote:
> Diego Biurrun wrote:
> > On Wed, Jul 02, 2008 at 09:21:37AM +0300, ??smail D??nmez wrote:
> >> Correct form is "matrices". Try asking Google.
> >
> > A better place to ask would be the Merriam Webster online dictionary and
> > it disagrees with you.  Both forms are possible.
> But MW is American.  A real, English dictionary will no be so forgiving.

OED has "matrices" as the primary plural form (with distinct US and
British pronunciations), but also lists "matrixes" for current use.
It documents the older plural spellings "matreces" and "mattrices".
It has quotations using the "matrixes" spelling dating back to 1651,
so it's not a recent development.

That said, I'm American and I've always used "matrices".  In the
supplied quotations, "matrices" is also by far the most common way of
spelling it.

                                                  -Dave Dodge

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