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Re: USAGE: irregular plurals (was: minimal pair ...)

From:Padraic Brown <elemtilas@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 30, 2002, 22:04
--- Tristan <kesuari@...> wrote:
> >I can see what you mean, but it's not like there > was a > >new something that _also_ had the name "book" in > the > >14th century and took a wierd plural "books". > > > True. I didn't realise that was a consideration for > you though. Indeed, > I thought you said a mouse was a mouse.
I did. Which is why I have no problem with "mice". Because the computer mouse is so new (and as someone said, not particularly rodentlike), it might warrant an irregular plural (mouses).
> Maybe I'm > just confusing the > matter though. We could always just do what MS says > and use 'one mouse > device' 'two mouse devices'.
Too long. Plus, it's M$, so I'll naturally do the opposite of what they'd like. ;)
> Tristan.
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