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Etymology, dictionaries, grammars
pertaining to plural formation:

one cowboy, too many cowboys,
one cowgirl, not enough cowgirls

one lone horseman riding into sunset,
four horsemen summoning apocalypse

one ox calmly yielding to two oxen
while sheep stubbornly remain sheep

mice not mouses, lice not louses,
but one goose begets more geese

and in place of meese or mooses
roam the remnants of the moose

just one last prickly conundrum:
is it cactus, cacti, or cactusses?



Mary Soon Lee is a Grand Master of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association and a three-time winner of both the AnLab Readers’ Award and the Rhysling Award. Her latest book is How to Navigate Our Universe, a collection of astronomy poetry. Her website, cryptically named, is marysoonlee.com.
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