Toyota hath spoken

Latin, schmatin. Toyota has decreed that the plural of “Prius” shall be “Prii,” and that’s that:

[A]ttempts to unite the twin disciplines of auto enthusiasm and Latin grammar fell on deaf ears. Automotive News [link behind paywall] reports that Toyota’s month-long survey is complete and that fans have determined that the name should be “Prii.” According to Toyota’s presser on the matter “Prii becomes the word not only endorsed by the public who chose it, but also as the term recognized by Toyota.”

I wonder how many of those members of the public actually drive Matrices or Corollae.

Still to be determined: Nissan Leafs/Leaves, Aston Martins/Astons Martin, Ford Focuses/Foci.


  1. McGehee »

    22 February 2011 · 8:17 am

    At least the two big 4WD Ford trucks I’ve owned aren’t Bronchi.

  2. Tom »

    22 February 2011 · 9:58 am

    Prii: Is that “pre-ee” or “pre-aye?”

  3. Brett »

    22 February 2011 · 10:16 am

    I think it’s pronounced “ug-lye.”

  4. Lisa Paul »

    22 February 2011 · 12:12 pm

    Hate to inject semantics into the discussion. But I thought the grammar rule, if something was given a proper name: Leaf, Prius, etc. the plural was always just with an s or es.

    We aren’t talking about leaves, we are discussing Leafs (at least when talking about the car.)

    So Priuses is what I’m taking to be the correct plural. Since, in my case, multiple Lisas wouldn’t be Lisae.

  5. CGHill »

    22 February 2011 · 12:24 pm

    Most of the Lisae I know would agree, but trademark law is perverse at times, and if Toyota wants to declare that more than one Prius constitutes “Prii” — well, they’re in a position to enforce their decision, kinda sorta.

    Nissan tends to style “Leaf” as LEAF, suggesting an acronym, though apparently it’s actually a backronym.

  6. Jeffro »

    22 February 2011 · 1:19 pm

    Camarii? Chevy runs deep, ya know.

  7. McGehee »

    22 February 2011 · 4:38 pm

    I find myself reminiscing about the Chevy Novae my parents leased when I was a kid.

  8. Douglas2 »

    25 February 2011 · 10:10 am

    Kia Specrum. Spectra?

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