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Morays vs. mores

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  • A moray is a type of eel (any type in the Muraenidae family).1

    Mores are the shared habits or characteristics of a group. The word is almost always used in the plural. It comes from Latin, where mores is plural for mos, which means custom.2

    Examples

    Mores

    Jobs fully embraced the hippie-dippie mores of his native Northern California: he dropped acid, smoked dope, lived in a commune. [Salon]

    Ozon’s pointedly colourful depiction of the mores of mid-70s French society is mildly subversive fare. [Guardian]

    Their job, as they saw it, was to protect minorities from the depredations of middle-class mores. [The Australian]

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    References

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moray_eel ^
    2. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/122201 ^

    Other resources

    “Morays” at the Eggcorn Database

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