In a couple of threads people have said that my username makes them think of a mongoose (Rikki Tikki Tavi being the connotation, I suppose). And so I wonder…
What IS the plural of mongoose?
I’m usually able to get around the problem by either not talking about a mongoose at all or keeping the word in the singular… if there’s more than one mongoose, that’s exactly what I say. “There were three mon— three ---- more than one mongoose.” Or “There was a mongoose, and a mongoose, and a mongoose again.”
Would it be mongeese?
I remember some newspaper story a while ago that kinda danced around the same question. Whoever wrote the story must not have known the answer either; the story mentioned “the mongoose problem” and “the ferret-like mammals”. Twas pretty amusing.
Well… they don’t run wild through the streets, but they are common, and they can be pests. Especially so in the more rural areas of the island (I’m in Hawaii).
Wasn’t there a thread a while ago about them terms for bunches of animals?