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#71289 - 05/26/02 12:28 AM plural of mongoose  
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Is the plural of mongoose, mongeese or mongooses?

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#71290 - 05/26/02 12:39 AM .  
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#71291 - 05/26/02 04:52 AM Re: plural of mongoose  
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Is the past tense mongoosed? Oh. It's a noun. Sorry.


#71292 - 05/26/02 05:32 AM Re: plural of mongoose  
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The owner of a small zoo lost two prize animals in a fire. To order another pair, he wrote a letter to a zoological supply company: "Dear Sirs: Please send me two mongooses." That didnít sound quite right, so he began again: "Dear Sirs: Please send me two mongeese." Still not sure of his plurals, he made this third attempt: "Dear Sirs: Please send me a mongoose, and, while youíre at it, please send me another mongoose."

~Richard Lederer, Writerís Digest, June 1991




#71293 - 05/26/02 05:33 AM Re: plural of mongoose  
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Is the past tense mongoosed?

Who are you mongoosing Geoff?


#71294 - 05/26/02 10:51 AM Re: plural of mongoose  
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On the slender evidence that the plural of wayzgoose is wayzgooses, I plump for the same construction for Rikki.


#71295 - 05/26/02 01:04 PM Re: plural of mongoose  
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Who are you mongoosing Geoff?
Come closer, and let me tell you.

Mon-goose is one, bi-goose is two, multi-goose is an indefinate number

BTW, didn't we discuss the plural of mongoose about a year and a half ago?


#71296 - 05/26/02 01:34 PM Re: plural of mongoose  
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Since "mongoose" is derived from a native word that sounds like it, and has nothing to do with "goose" it is absured to make its plural like plural of the bird.


#71297 - 05/26/02 02:32 PM Re: plural of mongoose  
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Who are you mongoosing Geoff?
Come closer, and let me tell you.

OUCH!!!!!!!!!!


#71298 - 05/26/02 03:08 PM Re: plural of mongoose  
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It is fun to read all your posts, thank you. Last night while reading a book from the library I came across the sentence with the word mongeeses. Someone had written on the edge, "mongooses, puhleez."

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