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old quiz #209310
01/29/13 05:17 PM
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LukeJavan8 Offline OP
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More Is Less

A riddle attributed to British prime minister George Canning, among many others:

A word there is of plural number,
Foe to ease and tranquil slumber.
Any other word you take
And add an S will plural make;
But if you add an S to this,
So strange the metamorphosis,
Plural is plural now no more
And sweet what bitter was before.


----please, draw me a sheep----
Re: old quiz [Re: LukeJavan8] #209315
01/29/13 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8

Any other word you take
And add an S will plural make;


This is obviously not true. There are many words in English that do not take an -s plural.

Re: old quiz [Re: LukeJavan8] #209316
01/29/13 11:08 PM
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I do know one plural that ends in -s such that when you add another s to it becomes singular. Not sure about the "[f]oe to ease and tranquil slumber" part.

Re: old quiz [Re: Faldage] #209321
01/30/13 01:48 AM
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Originally Posted By: Faldage
I do know one plural that ends in -s such that when you add another s to it becomes singular. Not sure about the "[f]oe to ease and tranquil slumber" part.

That's where I am.

Re: old quiz [Re: Tromboniator] #209325
01/30/13 06:24 PM
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Are you aslumber????


----please, draw me a sheep----
Re: old quiz [Re: Faldage] #209334
01/31/13 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted By: Faldage
I do know one plural that ends in -s such that when you add another s to it becomes singular.

Is it one of these?

princes/princess
ogres/ogress
cares/caress
bras/brass

Re: old quiz [Re: A C Bowden] #209335
01/31/13 03:58 PM
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needles: foe to tranquil slumber?
needless: bitter to sweet?

Naw. frown

cares to caress... smile Yeah, AC, I like that one.

Re: old quiz [Re: LukeJavan8] #209346
02/01/13 12:44 PM
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I like that cares/caress. Good work, A C.


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