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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^)> -- (delete X!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ No man forgets his original trade: the rights of nations and of kings sink into questions of grammar, if grammarians discuss them. -Dr. Samuel Johnson (1707 - 1784)