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Plural confusion

February 19, 2008

An oldie, but a goodie!

A man opens a small zoo and decides he wants to display a mongoose. He writes to the curator of a larger zoo: “Dear Curator, please send me a mongoose.”

He then decides that he should get two so they can keep each other company and writes: “Dear Curator, please send me two mongooses.”

He looks at it and decides it doesn’t look quite right and writes: “Dear Curator, please send me two mongeese.”

Thinking that looks stupid he tries “Dear Curator, please send me two mongi.”

He sighs looking at that effort and after a while writes: “Dear Curator, please send me a mongoose… PS Send me another one.”

[This article was first published in the March 2006 CyberText Newsletter]

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