Around here (mountains of NC) people refer to "license" as plural as in: (question) Do you have your driver's license? (ans) Let me find them.
I think I have also heard that sort of wording for "scissors" although at least scissors is a pair and not one thing.
What do you call that word usage?
"What do you call that word usage?"
In Alabama we call it correct.
Pronounced li-senz the ear hears that it is plural by contstruction and so we obey the rule of plural usage. We obey all laws here in Alabama so we have a lot of licenseses.
li·cence (lī'səns )
Looks correct to me. As a damned yankee/foreigner/surfing bum, I must acquiesce the universal nature of the pronunciation.
> Let me find them
I think this was the point. how many drivers licenses does one need?
depends how many cars you drive at one time.
I'd understand License being plural if the singular was licen. According to the OED it stems from latin Licentia freedom, liberty.....world peace, hahaha. It is also one of the funnily spelt words Licence, or License for the verb.
its like peas..
it used to be pease, (singular)
but sounded like a plural, so now we have pea, and peas
sounds plural, so it gets treated as plural.
Yous all have good answers.
-- And I never accepted "yous"/"youse" as good English till I made some good friends from Pennsylvania. They all use this as the plural form for "you". It gave me hope that English could be saved and converted into a rational language. But the phonology is still hopeless. --
So youse all should have license!