Mongoose Joke

A zookeeper is having problems ordering replacement animals. Today's joke involves both critters and English grammar.

What's So Funny?

Some words in English have irregular plurals.  For example: one goose, two geese.  However, it's: one moose, two moose and one mouse, two mice.  How can a speaker be sure of the correct grammar?  By using the singular form…and then repeating it!

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.