Let’s talk plurals. For most words, you can just add an “s” or perhaps an “es,” if we’re getting multiple tomatoes--or potatoes--at the grocery store. But what about those irregular nouns like fish and deer? Here, ten words that prove English is one damn confusing language.
The wrong way: I saw two deers on the side of the road.
The right way: I saw two deer on the side of the road.
Absolutely no ideer why.
The wrong way: Look at the family of gooses by the pond!
The right way: Look at the family of geese by the pond!
But remember, mongoose is mongooses and moose are not meece.
The wrong way: There are plenty of fishes in the sea.
The right way: There are plenty of fish in the sea.
Also applies to types of fish, so don’t go ordering “salmons” or “tunas.”
The wrong way: I swear I heard reindeer hoofs on the roof.
The right way: I swear I heard reindeer hooves on the roof.
It behooves you to know the correct plural of this word.
The wrong way: I have five brother-in-laws.
The right way: I have five brothers-in-law.
Either way, you’ve got to deal with them.
The wrong way: She sat at a café and watched the passerbys.
The right way: She sat at a café and watched the passersby.
Don’t let this one pass you by.
The wrong way: The professor passed out the syllabuses.
The right way: The professor passed out the syllabi.
You will definitely pass this class.
The wrong way: A good shortcut is flipping through the indexes.
The right way: A good shortcut is flipping through the indices.
The dice are in your favor.
The wrong way: Many millenniums ago…
The right way: Many millennia ago…
The Backstreet Boys should title their comeback album Millennia.
The wrong way: Octopi have eight arms.
The right way: Octopuses have eight arms.
If you want to impress people, just tell them you never put a Latin ending--i--on a Greek-derived word. But hey, worse things could happen.