Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Respite Session: The Single Ms Plural ...

[Note: I have not been myself lately. I've been somebody else... ]

Ok if you're so smart, then riddle me this:

We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
But the plural of ox should be 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,
But 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 showed you my feet,
When 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?

If the singular is this, and the plural is these,
Why shouldn't the plural of kiss be kese?
Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet the plural of hat would never be hose.

Gnat would be gnose and pat would be pose,
And likewise the plural of rat would be rose.

Now if mouse in the plural should be, and is, mice,
Then house in the plural, of course, should be hice,
And grouse should be grice and spouse should be spice
And by the same token should blouse become blice.

And consider the goose with its plural of geese;
Then a double caboose should be called a cabeese,
And noose should be neese and moose should be meese
And if mama's papoose should be twins, it's papeese.

We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
So plurals in English, I think you'll agree,
Are indeed very tricky--singularly.
- Author(s) Unknown. 

I snatched this from Google but have adopted it as mine since...

Suspension of activity. Watch it watch it. 


  1. Haha the amazing-ness of english language :D

  2. Daniel: hahaha. Eh macha... how come i cannot find the 'comment' tag anymore on your blog aa? :-(

  3. A nice riddle to read. I am a fan of good English of the old school but you are such a young era blogger! I bet you love reading a lot.

  4. You have this in your previous blog, kan?

  5. Twilight Man: :)) old school and 'new' school, same difference. try classic English! that's even harder, but for the sake of Original King James' Version , have to persevere

    Ivynana: haha u noticed! i cudnt retrieve anything from the previous blog, sayang betul. some of my best writings in there! sigh. blocked terus oleh google.

  6. this is frustrating. hoping the little angels won't ask me such questions in future. =.=

  7. dadyana: they'll ask the Englishmen, since they came up with this! LOL


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