The Craziest Language

My English Grammar class shared the following poem, and I loved it!

The Craziest Language

We’ll begin with a box and the plural is boxes; But the plural of ox should be oxen not oxes.

The one fowl is a goose, but two are called geese, Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice; Yet the plural of houses is not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men, Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?

If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet, And I give you boot, would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and whole set are teeth, Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those, Yet hat in the plural would never be hose.

And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.

We speak of a brother and also of brethren, But though we say mother, we never say methren.

Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him, But imagine the feminine she, shis and shim.

So, English I fancy you will agree, Is the craziest language you ever did see!

(Author Unknown)


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