speculatrix wrote:'Pii' is entirely wrong, because it's an English word, transliterated from Greek, not Latin ... So I reckon it has to be 'Raspberry Pis', sadly.
Here you are quite seriously mistaken and have completely missed the purpose of evolution in language, of which the English language is the prime example, particularly the U.S. dialects. BTW, U.S. English speakers/writers statistically use English correctly more often than our cousins on the Isles, even using your misguided rules (the culprit is well known to be the vestiges of the class system that kept people stratified for far too long, and we're far from perfect about that here, just a bit less imperfect). As even the British version of English is a mongrel descended from many ancestors across various land masses, saying things such as " ... because it's an English word, transliterated from Greek, not Latin ... " demonstrates precisely how little is understood about actual language usage and the benefits of crossing syntactic divides. "Language is not static in civilizations that aren't headed for oblivion" - repeat that in a while loop until it becomes second nature - it won't hurt that much once you become accustomed to the idea.
According to your theory (and that's being generous - I'll look up a word with a meaning even more distant from "fact" later), we should all be speaking and writing using only the most ancient utterances and symbols - Neanderthal grunts and cave paintings, perhaps? Oh, but that would break the "iron-clad" rules used by predecessors to Homo Sapiens, since current paleontological, anatomic, and genetic research suggests that homonid language may have first appeared as early as several million years ago. There is now mounting evidence that even animal communications are far more advanced than ever suspected and feature linguistic evolution over time. For example, adolescent male whales forced out of pods of their birth introduce variations into songs in pods they join later, and the variants have been correlated to where the adolescents know food was located.
Rules are fine to maintain consistency for things that don't need to change, but when one is dealing with dynamics (welcome to the Real World) and particularly rapid-pace technology development, the sky is the limit (or, as we now know better, ~13.7 billion light-years to the edge of the detectable universe that resulted from the Big Bang - and stand by for the possibility of infinite multiverses). It's the manglings of existing language that introduce important (and dare I say interesting, if not fascinating) expansions in our ability to communicate efficiently. German was once considered the only language to study by up-and-coming scientists and engineers, however, one glance at actual words like Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänsmütze (Danube steamboat shipping company Captain's hat) quickly disabuses anyone who has serious work to be done from delving any farther in that linguistic direction.
Just think for a moment about the intellectual melting pots that are places such as Silicon Valley and CERN - there are very good reasons such places continue to outpace anywhere else in the world in terms of innovation and expansion of knowledge, and that's by no means limited to their technical heritages (speaking of linguistic evolution, that "Silicon" moniker is long overdue for replacement), as biotechnology, energy, and even social media (with a language virtually all their own having evolved among the younger practitioners, it seems) are morphing before our very eyes.
When people from all over the planet converge not just in laboratories and offices, but in food establishments and homes, at sporting and entertainment events, and all of the other myriad potential opportunities for cross-pollination, amazing new ideas and implementations result. Yes, some of the social phenomena are more than regrettable in terms of "fashion" and "entertainment", but you can't make crepes without messy egg shells being involved. There are no rules for the advancement of civilization - if there were, we would have already colonized solar systems on the other side of the Milky Way galaxy, if not other galaxies, by now (and that's probably a good thing for the Class M planets Out There
). That "no rules" rule also applies to language - that which will not bend will inevitably break - how are
those Latin and ancient Greek speaking civilizations doing these days?
So, I not only stand by the mongrel Pii, I proudly promote its cross-bred Greek and Latin roots as a new prospective entrant in the Merriam-Webster's Unabridged and Oxford English Dictionaries. Let's just see whether Pii can beat the Pis out of your equally-insisted-upon term!
[ No linguists, editors, sub-editors, classicists, English people, Germans, mods or any other breed of intellectual were meant to be harmed in the making of this post - any perceptions to the contrary can only be ascribed to senseless paranoia and personal inadequacies that modern pharmacology can now address