Verbally insane

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Full version of Ode to Plurals

This and the former example should finally prove wrong the wide spread assumption that English is an easy language.



2 responses to “Verbally insane

  1. Every language has its ups and downs. English has an easy-to-learn grammar, but is negatively affected by the great number of sources for the words of the language. The Germany vocabulary is far easier to get a grip on, but the grammar can be a nightmare.

    • You are 100% right. German plurals are just as much a nightmare as the English ones. Spanish pronunciation and the vocabulary might be easy but once you start with the irregular verbs and especially the subjuntivo… Speaking a little bit of English might be easy; mastering it is another story.

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