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Igirisujin
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Posted:I was thinking what is the plural for poi? Is it pois? I really hope not because I hate that word pois, its so ugly sounding isnt it. To me poi sounds like it could be plural itself, but who decides how things are pluraled anyway, has it allready been done?

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Dressed in Black
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Posted:well let's call 'em PIE then. any objections? speak now or forever hold your peace?

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GeoffonTour04
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Posted:poi singular & plural let's not make em even more silly smile

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Dut
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Posted:Written by: Brit_Joe


That word is an abomination of the english language, the plural of fish is fish, how can anyone not know that? Whenwas the alst time you heard anyone saying 'a school of fishes'





bahaha. that's always been there. the plural of a singular fish is "fish", but the plural of a type of fish is "fishes". you can have "schools of fish" if they're the same type, or if it doesn't matter, but "schools of fishes" shows that you know they're of different types. i would imagine you can have flocks of various sheeps (if you know their breeds are different), and bags of different pois (assuming you keep your wicks and your glowsticks seperated).



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also just cos people say it, doesn't make it grammatically correct?!





actually, it kind of does. welcome to prescriptive (versus proscriptive) linguistics. the theory is you actually learn more about what people say by listening to them than trying to correct them. correcting is more helpful for high school english teachers in the same way orbital models of electrons work well enough for students, but fall apart in anything useful.



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clarence_quack
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Posted:The rule still stands. The plural of poi is pie. ubblol biggrin

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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:way to go with an old thread, claire tongue

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

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Posted:offtopic I love reading the 'who's online' page to see what really old threads are being read by guests. It's highly entertaining!

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UCOF
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Posted:ditto

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JauntyJames
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Posted: Written by: Dressed in Black


also just cos people say it, doesn't make it grammatically correct?!



Actually, you'll find it does. English is a living language and so if the majority of native speakers think that it works one way then that's how it works.

But that doesn't mean we have to like it.


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Posted: Written by: Sparkey


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also just cos people say it, doesn't make it grammatically correct?!



Actually, you'll find it does. English is a living language and so if the majority of native speakers think that it works one way then that's how it works.

But that doesn't mean we have to like it.



examples:
Ir-Regardless
Often (used to only be Offen)
Homer Simpson's "D'oh" has been added to the dictionary

there are others, not that i can think of at the moment though.


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Igirisujin
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Posted:Way to go to bumping this thread, ide forgotten how funny it was

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