Thursday, July 03, 2008

Question: Mongoose

If the plural of goose is geese why is more than one mongoose still called a mongoose? Shouldn't it be mongeese?

4 comments:

Intense Guy said...

:) Actually I think they are called mongooses...

You silly goose! :)

Jayde_Bramblerose said...

now theres a good question tori and i am afraid i dont have the answer to it, but i would probably say the same as you, :).

and i love the " silly goose" that intense guy added,lol.

Intense Guy said...

English can be a perfectly horrible language at times. The "man" - "men", "goose" - "geese" class of words are called imperfect plurals. They do not use the "s" at the end to pluralize them. Mongoose on the other hand isn't an "imperfect plural" word, and pluralizes to Mongooses.

What I'm trying to figure out now is how to pluralize Saint Francis since I have two statues bearing his likeness.

Saint Frannies seems less than dignified and Saint Francisi sounds equally bad. :)

Tori_z said...

Thanks for the info Iggy. And... Hope you figure out how to pluralise Saint Frances. Personally, I have no idea. :)