I've been considering making an effort to retire some of English's rule-breaking words, replacing them with words that follow the normal rules. It's not actually anything new. The process, regularization, happens naturally in languages. I'm just wondering how much we should intentionally help it along -- or, I suppose, even resist it. So I'd like to test out a fast and thorough approach in this thread, i.e., stopping using all of the rule-breaking words cold turkey. It would be great if you guys could help me find any problems or difficulties with this, let me know what you think, if you'd actually use the new words (incl. away from PF), if you have other suggestions, etc. Please do try to use the rule-following words as much as possible in this thread (perhaps even before forming an opinion about them) so we can see them in action. Competent English speakers already use and 'know' these rules, on some level, so if you think you fall into that group, you can probably get by just reading the rule. Here's one to get things started. I'll add more if this doesn't immediately crash and burn. Rule 1. Form plurals by attaching the plural suffix to the singular noun form, as in one lip ~ two lips one hug ~ two hugs one kiss ~ two kissesThis rule applies to all nouns that aren't pronouns. The plural suffix is usually spelled -s or -es, though there are exceptions (more than you probably ever wanted to know about English plurals). It has three spoken forms, distributed according to the following rules. - Add /s/, as in lips, if the (singular form of the) noun ends with one of the following sounds (don't go by spelling!): lip, lick, kit, cliff, myth. - Add /Iz/ (or /əz/), as in kisses, if the nouns ends with one of the following sounds: kiss, fish, witch, quiz, rouge, fridge. - Add /z/, as in hugs, if the noun ends with a sound not listed above.So for example, instead of one mouse ~ two mice one tooth ~ two teeth one wolf ~ two wolves one sheep ~ two sheep one deer ~ two deer one ox ~ two oxen one child ~ two children one person ~ two people one nucleus ~ two nuclei one phenomenon ~ two phenomena one formula ~ two formulaeyou haveone mouse ~ two mouses one tooth ~ two tooths one wolf ~ two wolfs one sheep ~ two sheeps one deer ~ two deers one ox ~ two oxes one child ~ two childs one person ~ two persons one nucleus ~ two nucleuses one phenomenon ~ two phenomenons one formula ~ two formulasWhat do you think? Sound simpler? You can find lists of irregular plurals by googling combos of irregular, plural, noun, list. analysises has caught my eye/ear already. Does this group bother anyone else? axis, analysis, basis, crisis, diagnosis, ellipsis, hypothesis, oasis, paralysis, parenthesis, synthesis, synopsis, thesis.