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The most maddening thing ever! We MUST change it! (more)

  1. Oct 8, 2003 #1
    The plural of moose is moose. What's with that!? It should be meese!!! Don't you think?
     
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  3. Oct 8, 2003 #2

    Nereid

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    fish?

    And why is 'ghoti' pronounced 'fish'?

    (Or was it, why is 'fish' spelt 'ghoti'? I get confused so easily. Come back Bernard!)
     
  4. Oct 8, 2003 #3

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    Re: fish?

    Because there just enough women in the nation.

    - Warren
     
  5. Oct 8, 2003 #4
    You are reasoning from the example of "goose", I take it. However a closer look at the situation reveals that the plural of elk is elk, and the plural of deer is deer, and the plural of caribou is caribou. I think it's an antler club thing.

    -Zooby

    N.P.P.S.(Plural of elk can be either elk or elks)
     
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  6. Oct 9, 2003 #5
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    What about sheep? I don't recall seeing a sheep with antlers.

    And I'm a welshman, I've seen a lot of sheep...
     
  7. Oct 9, 2003 #6
    Re: Re: Re: The most maddening thing ever! We MUST change it! (more)

    Sheep take 'em off when there's people around.
     
  8. Oct 9, 2003 #7
    and don't even mention ox

    speaking of pluralities. When I was young I learned one octopus, two octopi. However, I just watched a show on them and all the scientists used octopuses.
     
  9. Oct 9, 2003 #8

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    Should rightly be octopodes. But that's a lost cause.

    English is a pidjin tongue (French+Nordic) + (Low German+Nordic) + ...+ Latin + Greek + Tagalog + Malay + various Native American tongues + ...
     
  10. Oct 9, 2003 #9

    Njorl

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    Octalpi? It's about 3.1104 or so.

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  11. Oct 9, 2003 #10
    Ooooo, SelfAdjoint! No, No No. English may be a bastard tongue but it is definitely not pidjin.
     
  12. Oct 9, 2003 #11
    That's true, I tried talking to some pidjins in english, but they looked at me like they didn't know what the heck I was talking about, Bastards!
     
  13. Oct 9, 2003 #12

    Nereid

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    You're confusing moose with mouse, you know:
    moose -> moose
    mouse -> mice

    Just like:
    louse -> lice (cf loose -> loose)
    nouse -> nice (cf noose -> noose) :wink:
    grouse -> grice :wink: :wink:
    house -> hice :wink: :wink:

    The moose, mice, lice, grouse ... even the piddly jinns (when not tipsy) ... they all 'get' it.

    Who said English spelling was hard?:wink:
     
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  14. Oct 9, 2003 #13

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    Sometimes I feel like all of existence is an inside joke, and I don't get it.
     
  15. Oct 13, 2003 #14
    Shouldn't one person from Portugal be called a Portugoose?
     
  16. Oct 13, 2003 #15

    Nereid

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    I thought he'd be a Portuguy.
     
  17. Oct 16, 2003 #16
    HUH?? you told me it was 3.11048th, ya know Octal then Pi!!

    Oh ya, in Canada the plural of Moose is Moose+, or Mooses
     
  18. Oct 16, 2003 #17
    Sheep are always in a group (herd?) If one were to see one sheep wouldn't it then be a shoop with or without horns or antlers. If one saw a herd of houses would one be looking at hice or heese. I think I'm going to be sick.
    Did anyone ever find out how to burn your foot while making popcorn?
     
  19. Oct 17, 2003 #18
    YIKES!! did I get **** for that one, so I have now been corrected, the plural of "Moose", in Canada, is "2 Moose", also known as "Two Moose" my apologies to all Canadians for the error, so sorry!
     
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