Fun and games with English.

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  1. We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes, But the plural of ox becomes 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 speak 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!
  2. i like beans
  3. My name's Gordon and I just farted and siht my pants.
  4. What about one fish, plural many fish, not fishes.
  5. I thought it was going to be a reference to the Rugby :)
  6. Me too, slightly dissapointing it's about the language!!!
    As it happens I prefer Oral......receiving (i before e, blah blah) of course Hehe.

    On another note, fantastic score in the game at Twickers!!
  7. Is it one sheep, two sheep or three shoop? When,if ever, does a sheep become anything but that sheep? Who decides?

    This doesn`t make sense at all does it?
  8. What's the plural for "compass"?
  9. compii???
  10. blue-sophist

    blue-sophist LE Good Egg (charities)

    Moral compass has no plural ... it's an absolute.
    Navigation compass [pointing north needle thing] ... compasses.
    Pointy V-shaped thing for engineering drawing or measuring distance on chart ... compasses in the plural always.

    1 = always singular
    2 = pluralised
    3 = always plural

    Easy, innit! 8)
  11. blue-sophist

    blue-sophist LE Good Egg (charities)

    It's all easier in Malay, of course.
    Plurals are just the word twice.
    IIRC ...

    laki = woman
    laki-laki = women


    Somnambulist, anyone?
  12. Prismatics.

  13. 'Fcuk', the adjective of choice of the British soldier who also use 'pork' as a verb!
  14. blue-sophist

    blue-sophist LE Good Egg (charities)

    Is the plural fuckii if you get it more than once?
  15. Fuckae.

    One sheep, two sheep, many mutton...