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Four All Who Reed And Right

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by scooterbear, Nov 22, 2003.

  1. scooterbear


    Dec 6, 2002
    Summit, MS
    > ===============================
    > We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
    > but the plural of ox became oxen not oxes.
    > One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
    > yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
    > You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice;
    > yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.
    > If the plural of man is always called men,
    > why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
    > If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet,
    > and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
    > If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
    > why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?
    > Then one may be that,
    > and three would be those,
    > yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
    > and the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
    > We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
    > but though we say mother, we never say methren.
    > Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
    > but imagine the feminine, she, shis and shim.

    > ;Q
  2. HandyMan Hugh

    HandyMan Hugh NRA Life Member

    May 17, 2002
    Hallstead, PA
    This is why English is so difficult for people to learn. We set the rules and immediately shred them.

    To wit: one ox is, an ox. The plural is oxen. Mouse is singular, the plural is mice. Therefore a farmer with foxes in his hen houses should be described as having foxen in his hen hice. Go figure!

  3. HAVOC

    HAVOC Remember Millennium Member CLM

    Jun 20, 1999
    Location: Location:
    Don't forget that the singular of dice is die... and of course the plural of die, is dies...