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[en] Wrong word in the speller.txt 2017-07-22


(Marco A.G.Pinto) #1

@Mike_Unwalla

Hello!

The .txt has the words:
mitzvah
mitzvahs

But Oxford dictionaries say that the plural of mitzvah is mitzvoth.

You can only see the plural in Oxford with a Gold Account.


(Lodewijk Arie van Brienen) #2

I've just checked myself,
Mitzvahs and mitzvoth both directly links to mitzvah.
while mizvot and other misspellings simply bring up a search page.

this means (to me) that while mitzvoth is the preferred plural, mitzvahs is an acceptable (if laymanish) alternative.

(using both could help a story differentiate between a character who is an actual Jew and one who merely has a passing interest as the pronouncement seems to be different)


(Mike Unwalla) #3

@marcoagpinto, fixed (https://github.com/languagetool-org/languagetool/commit/ed9d2e4210ccca67d9bf0afe24e2b6fbb6a4a1de).

As @SkyCharger001 wrote, both mitzvah and mitzvoth are accepted as plurals of mitzvah. Also, mitzvot is a plural. References:
* http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/mitzvot-a-mitzvah-is-a-commandment/
* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitzvah
* Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, tenth edition.

I added mitzvoth and mitzvot, because both are correct. Which of the three plurals a person uses is an editorial decision.