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teacherwoman
Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 2:26:06 AM
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excaelis wrote:
Both 'octopus' and 'hippopotamus' are Greek, so whatever the Greek plural form is would, I suppose, be correct. 'Oxen', being an old Germanic plural, is in the same group as 'brethren' and 'children'. 'House' pluralised as 'housen' in Early Modern English into the 16th century. The 's' plural that we are accustomed to came from Northern English dialects during the later middle ages. Shakespeare used both forms interchangeably, which leads one to suppose that at that time there was varied usage. I was always brought up to believe, correctly or not, that people are hanged, but objects (including animals and juries) are hung. Maybe GG should switch to Tylenol? (less of a headache, grammatically).



Here I can help:
Old Greek: pous (foot) - podeis (feet), hence octopodeis
potamos (river) - potamoi (rivers), hence hippopotamoi

(why hippopotamus? - It's the Latin form of the Greek word - the Latin Plural would be -potami.)

I like the idea of Tylenol, but upon consideration I should choose ibuprofen - sounds more impressive ;-)
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 11:10:32 PM

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And infinitely more pluralable.
teacherwoman
Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 8:41:29 AM
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excaelis wrote:
And infinitely more pluralable.



Applause
milinad
Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 8:52:37 AM
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zigzag wrote:
Simply I'd say that is because it is irrigularform of plural.

I believe that fish and fishes is like water and waters, that is, depends on your usage of the word.
If you are talking about kinds of fish you can say fishes like when you talk about international waters or types of water so you can simply make it in the plural form.


I am with ZIGZAG with regard to plural of fish
Articulate Dreamer
Posted: Saturday, July 17, 2010 3:04:36 PM

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tfrank wrote:
I actually find myself wanting to refer to computer mouses as mice.


...and if the plural of spouse were, then, spice would that be irony, phantasy or wishful thinking?

As in : "He had a lot of spice through his life."
excaelis
Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2010 4:51:31 AM

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That would, for me anyway, be Posh Spice.
RARA
Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 11:55:19 AM
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milinad wrote:
zigzag wrote:
Simply I'd say that is because it is irrigularform of plural.

I believe that fish and fishes is like water and waters, that is, depends on your usage of the word.
If you are talking about kinds of fish you can say fishes like when you talk about international waters or types of water so you can simply make it in the plural form.


I am with ZIGZAG with regard to plural of fish


I think you can only use fishes in conversation if you are 5 years or under. After that it is all fish.
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