I’ve been feeling pretty old recently. Well, I am old: at any rate, past the age where anyone with half a life would be spending their waking hours walking the dog or practicing the ukulele.
Right now, though, I feel particularly old. That’s because I’ve been reminded several times in the past few days of those halcyon days when malware meant (mostly) viruses, discussions about whether worms were viruses, and whether the correct plural is virii. It isn’t, but I rather liked the explanation that it’s one virus, two virii, three viriii, four viriv and so on – hat tip to my friend and sometime co-author Robert Slade for drawing my attention to that one. Though if you’re creating a virus clock, it should be four viriiii but five virv. (I apologise to whoever pointed out to me that clocks use IIII for Roman clockfaces, not IV – I can’t remember who it was!)