March 30, 2005

Terri Schiavo 

Schiavo is clearly a surname of Italian origin, and it means slave - masculine singular.
In fact, the gender and number of Italian words are most often specified by the last letter of the word, thus in this case we have:

Schiavo -> Masculine singular
Schiava -> Feminine singular

Schiavi -> Masculine plural
Schiave -> Feminine plural

That's all I have to say on the Schiavo issue. Saying anything more is like opening a can of Dune-sized worms and attracting flames from every corner, and I cannot be bothered with it.


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