What is the plural of hero? You think it is heros?

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Wednesday, 11/05/2016 03:05

You should know the plural of “hero” is “heroes”, not “heros”.

With it being Memorial Day and so many people posting on Facebook/Twitter/etc. about all the “heros” out there, I thought I’d do a quick post to help people avoid being murdered in their beds by Grammar Nazis, as I’ve nearly been on numerous occasions, only managing to fend them off by holding up my copy of Handbook of English Grammar and Usage and yelling “the power of Webster compels you!”  So just remember, the plural of “hero” is “heroes”.

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In case you’re curious, the word “hero” popped up in English around the 14th century from the Ancient Greek ἥρως (“heros”), meaning “hero, warrior, demi-god”.  This Ancient Greek word is thought by some etymologists to derive from the Proto-Indo-European root “*ser”, meaning “to watch over, protect”.

Incidentally, the German “heroisch” (“heroic”) also has a similar origin and ultimately gave rise to the name of the Bayer drug “heroin”, which you can read more about here: The Pharmaceutical Company Bayer Coined the Name “Heroin” and Marketed the Drug as a Non-Addictive Cough Medicine.

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