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Re: USAGE: THEORY/USAGE: irregular English plurals (was: RE: [CONLANG]

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Friday, May 24, 2002, 19:50
At 3:24 am +0100 24/5/02, And Rosta wrote:
>Ray: >> "Sheep" still seem to be safe. I hear "sheeps" or, more often, "sheepses" >> when people are being deliberately facetious (but if And replied that he >> heard people using "sheeps" in earnest, I'd not be surprised). > >Why would you not be surprised? Because I keep my ears open & grill >my students on their lects? Or because I am a notorious perpetrator >of perverse and baredly credible dicta? ;)
Both - but mainly the former, in fact. Ray. ======================================================= Speech is _poiesis_ and human linguistic articulation is centrally creative. GEORGE STEINER. =======================================================