Re: mice/mouses were Re: minimal pair of English Interdentals
|From:||BP Jonsson <bpj@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, October 29, 2002, 10:31|
At 07:08 28.10.2002 -0500, John Cowan wrote:
>"Mouses" has never been common. But avoiding the plural was and is common.
In Swedish _musar_ (rather than _möss_ which is the plural of the animal)
is rather common, but probably only because the same "regularized" plural
is also used for the meaning 'beavers' (in the non-zoological sense of that
word hrm hrm).
/ B.Philip Jonsson B^)>
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