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Four All Who Reed And Right

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


  1. scooterbear

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    > FOUR ALL WHO REED AND RIGHT
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    > 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.
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    > You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice;
    > yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.
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    > If the plural of man is always called men,
    > why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
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    > If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet,
    > and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
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    > If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
    > why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?
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    > 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.
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    > We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
    > but though we say mother, we never say methren.
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    > Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
    > but imagine the feminine, she, shis and shim.


    > ;Q
     
  2. HandyMan Hugh

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    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

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    Don't forget that the singular of dice is die... and of course the plural of die, is dies...