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

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The plural of moose is moose. What's with that!? It should be meese! Don't you think?
 

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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!)
 
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Originally posted by Nereid
And why is 'ghoti' pronounced 'fish'?
Because there just enough women in the nation.

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Originally posted by Sikz
The plural of moose is moose. What's with that!? It should be meese! Don't you think?
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.

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N.P.P.S.(Plural of elk can be either elk or elks)
 
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I think it's an antler club thing.

What about sheep? I don't recall seeing a sheep with antlers.

And I'm a welshman, I've seen a lot of sheep...
 
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What about sheep? I don't recall seeing a sheep with antlers.
Sheep take 'em off when there's people around.
 
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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.
 
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Originally posted by tribdog
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.

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 + ...
 
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Octalpi? It's about 3.1104 or so.

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Originally posted by selfAdjoint English is a pidjin tongue (French+Nordic) + (Low German+Nordic) + ...+ Latin + Greek + Tagalog + Malay + various Native American tongues + ...
Ooooo, SelfAdjoint! No, No No. English may be a bastard tongue but it is definitely not pidjin.
 
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Originally posted by zoobyshoe
Ooooo, SelfAdjoint! No, No No. English may be a bastard tongue but it is definitely not pidjin.

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!
 
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Originally posted by Sikz
The plural of moose is moose. What's with that!? It should be meese! Don't you think?
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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Sometimes I feel like all of existence is an inside joke, and I don't get it.
 
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Shouldn't one person from Portugal be called a Portugoose?
 
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Originally posted by Sting
Shouldn't one person from Portugal be called a Portugoose?
I thought he'd be a Portuguy.
 
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Originally posted by Njorl
Octalpi? It's about 3.1104 or so.
Njorl
HUH?? you told me it was 3.11048th, you know Octal then Pi!

Oh ya, in Canada the plural of Moose is Moose+, or Mooses
 
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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?
 
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Originally posted by Mr. Robin Parsons
Oh ya, in Canada the plural of Moose is Moose+, or Mooses
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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