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.