I have compiled a
not very exhaustive list of lesser known, odd (or ones that I consider to be) plurals.
- Thesis – Thesis (pronounced literally ‘theeseez’)
- Analysis – Analysis (pronounced literally ‘analiseez’)
- Ox – Oxen
- Octopus – Octopi
- Virus – Virii (apparently antiquated) Viruses (colloquial English)
- Genius – Genii (in Latin the dead language) Geniuses (for present English…
So Eoin Colfer either had the ‘genius’ girl in the 5th book use Latin, or he had it wrong.)
- Brother – Brethren (obviously antiquated) Brothers (used 99% of the time
unless writing in historical fiction, or some overly polite/snobby/posh Shakespearean language used in fictional ancient times, ie. Elfspeak)
Now comes the quandary.
Well. Goose – Geese
…So it would make sense for Moose to be Meese, right?
So would it be ‘Moose’ but pronounced ‘meez’?
Sheep – sheep. Deer – deer. Fish – fish. (Actually, all the fish I know are like that, tuna – tuna, salmon – salmon, eel – eel, trout – trout, mackerel – mackerel)
So ‘Moose’ – moose. (And incidentally, mousse – mousse, but I think that’s just because it’s from another language)
…the sad thing is, I have no idea why plurals in the English language are so complicated. Why is it House – houses, but Mouse – mice? I have no idea.
But that’s probably because I’m stupid, and schools just don’t teach grammar like they used to.