Sunday, October 15, 2006

Plural madness

John, at EclectEcon, asks the penetrating question of the ages: You Say "Gazebos"; Would Dan Quayle say "Gazeboes"?

He's really enjoying the spelling issue.

Still, simple pluralization of some terms is too much fun to leave alone, isn't it?

For example, if it's mouse/mice, is it house/hice and spouse/spice? Mom says "yes" to the latter.

Goose, geese = moose, meese?

One index, two indices. One Kleenex, two Kleenices?

If the plural of criterion is criteria, is the plural of tampon Tampa?

One ovum, more ova. One bass drum... um... ah...

And I've learned, through the years, that you can't actually keep a gazebo in your yard. After a finite amount of time, the gazebo becomes a starebo, and then you're just being rude.

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