Is The Plural Of Bacteriophage, A “Vile”?

There’s an interesting Vice article about bacteriophage (viruses that infect bacteria) and their potential usefulness in killing bacteria. But this photo caption cracked me up:


It’s vial, not “vile.” Though that would be a great name for the plural of bacteriophage…

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1 Response to Is The Plural Of Bacteriophage, A “Vile”?

  1. Bob Michaelson says:

    Unfortunately, James Lipton’s most recent (1991) edition of An Exaltation of Larks is called “The Ultimate Edition,”
    so it might be difficult to get him to revise it in order to add “a vile of bacteriophages.”

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