Make Your Editor Cry: Antenna (Awkward Plural)

Make Your Editor Cry:  Antenna (Awkward Plural)

BLUF: (Bottom Line Up Front)
The plural of antenna is antennae or antennas.

antenna: one of a pair of slender, movable, segmented sensory organs on the head of insects, myriapods, and crustaceans: a usually metallic device, such as a rod or wire, for radiating or receiving radio waves

The singular of antenna is antenna. The plural of antenna is antennae or less commonly antennas. The noun antenna has a Latin root, which is the derivation of the plural antennae. Through common usage, antennas (which conforms to the standard rules for forming plurals) is also now acceptable.

But it shouldn’t be. Heh.

Example:

Antennae are used for sensing in arthropods.
Crustaceans bear two pairs of antennae.

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