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Saturday, 7 July 2012

Peculiarities and Contradictions of English Language

Let's begin with box; the plural is boxes,
but the plural of ox is oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, and two are called geese,
yet the plural of moose is never called meese.


You may find a lone mouse or a house full of mice;
but the plural of house is houses, not hice.
The plural of man is always men,
but the plural of pan is never pen.


If I speak of a foot, and you show me two feet,
and I give you a book, would a pair be a beek?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
why shouldn't two booths be called beeth?


If the singular is this and the plural is these,
why the plural of kiss can never be keese?


And then we have the masculine pronouns: he, his, and him;
but imagine the feminine... she, shis, and shim.
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