The Chaser: A Little Levity

It's all about the wordplay...

     Given the past few articles’ seriousness, I thought it high time to take a small break and inject some levity into these proceedings! So, without further adieu…

     One of the things that has always amused me is the weirdness of the English language. Just when you think that there are certain rules and patterns to our vernacular, English throws you a curveball. Take the following words for instance: Mouse, Louse, House, and Dice:

     In the singular, it’s one mouse. In the plural form, more than one mouse is “mice.”

     “Dice” is the plural form of the singular “die.” Shouldn’t the singular be “douse”? If more than one mouse is “mice,” then more than one douse would be “dice.”

     So, if more than one douse would be “dice,” and more than one mouse is “mice,” then more than one louse would of course, be “lice.”

     Now, we come to the word “house.” If common sense ruled, more than one house would be “hise.”

     Let’s go one further. If more than one douse would be “dice,” more than one mouse “mice,” more than one louse “lice” and more than one house “hise,” then what would more than one spouse be?
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

That would still be BIGAMY!

“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.” (Oscar Wilde)

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