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Old 09-01-2004, 02:13 PM
Iacob_Matthew Iacob_Matthew is offline
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What's the plural of "danish" (pastries)?

So, today on the way back from lunch, I pass by the little semi-cafe in the lobby of my dormatory. They have many sugary delights, and the guy I'm with asks "what's the plural of danish?" Danishes just sounds wrong, and Dansk, while sounding familiar, probably has nothing to do with it.
So, I'm stumped, and I know it'll be nagging at me for the rest of the week unless I can figure something out.
I beg for your help.
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Old 09-01-2004, 02:23 PM
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Merriam Webster gives the plural as simply "Danish". "Gimme a dozen Danish" sounds right to me. Of course, if you don't like that, you can just say "Gimme a dozen of those Danish pastries."

Main Entry: 2Danish
Function: noun
1 : the Germanic language of the Danes
2 plural Danish : a piece of Danish pastry
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Old 09-01-2004, 02:26 PM
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"a dozen Danish" sounds right to me. The AHD says that either Danish or Danishes is correct.
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Old 09-01-2004, 02:30 PM
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Damn, you guys are fast...
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Old 09-01-2004, 02:36 PM
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I've always used "I'll have that Danish, and also that other Danish."
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Old 09-01-2004, 02:42 PM
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I've always used "I'll have that Danish, and also that other Danish."
I don't want to be behind you in line when you're ordering a dozen.
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Old 09-01-2004, 03:25 PM
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I'd go with "danishes", since that's the normal way to make a plural from a word ending with "sh". "Danish" is originally an adjective, so it doesn't have a plural form, but when you turn it into a noun, with a differnt meaning from the original, it would follow the normal rules for nouns.
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Old 09-01-2004, 03:31 PM
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Danes?? ;j
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Old 09-01-2004, 03:57 PM
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"Pastries"- as in "Give me a dozen Danish pastries".
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Old 09-01-2004, 05:30 PM
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Dansk, while sounding familiar, probably has nothing to do with it.
Dansk is the Danish word for Danish, as in Danish customs. The weird thing is that in Denmark, Danish patries are called the Danish equivalent of "Vienna Bread."
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Old 09-01-2004, 07:36 PM
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I think this illustrates one of the drawbacks of turning an adjective into a noun.
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