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on What is the plural of mongoose?

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mr.kipyego samoei
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mongoose remain mangoose in plural

Geri Potter
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Good ‘ol Webster’s dictionary says the plural is mongooses. 🙂
Is there a collective? As in ‘a crash of rhino’ or ‘a dazzle of zebra’???

arden zalman
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I call them adorable.

Sheena
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OK here’s one for the Brits! The Oxford Dictionary, which is a law unto itself!!! – states that the plural
is mongooses – no argument there !!!

Pat
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Thank you for doing the online research and coming up with the answer.

Micki
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Your research seems pretty similar to mine. But just out of curiosity, have you ever come across “mungoose”? If so is it singular or plural? The only time I’ve seen it was on wikipedia & they said it was less common, but it seemed unclear to me if they meant it was a plural.

Sparkster
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If plural of goose is geese then surely plural of mongoose would be mongeese?

Kirsty Bowles
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The great ‘mongooses / mongeese’ debate! Thank you for this little bit of clarity!! Our family were having this debate this morning when we found this! 🙂 haha

Rich Laburn
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Great pleasure 🙂

Jason
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Someone in the Caribbean (St. John, USVI) once said that the plural was “mongoosdem”. We thought he was crazy so naturally we set out to find literature asap and, sure enough, a couple informative books confirmed that that was the correct way to pluralize “mongoose” on that island…..

When we got back to the mainland, however, we never heard anything of it again. Now, in Hawai’i, I’m hesitant to ever pluralize the word as I don’t want to confuse or offend anyone lol. It seems in the Caribbean they have their own version and I think I’ll just leave that pluralization there with them.

Rich Laburn
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Thanks for the information Jason, fascinating stuff!

Will
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Just as a little tidbit: I’m from London and there’s a lot of Caribbean slang, particularly Jamaican. When you add “dem” to a word it becomes pluralised. So “mandem” (which is a very common word down these parts” means many people.

I never realise you could stick it on anything though, like mongoosedem, so that was pretty interesting!

Dj Motionless
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womandem

George
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Thank you I always thought the plural for mongoose was mongii.

Andrie
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Why not just mongoose. Think about the word “sheep”. Do we say one sheep but two sheeps? I don’t think so! We may surely say “a family of mongoose”

Brian
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Perhaps the plural of “mongoose” should be “polygoose”

anotherday2paradise
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I quite like just mongoose for the plural. They aren’t geese after all, are they? 🙂

SandCat
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I have no idea, I am currently watching a docu and it referred to them as mongooses, which sounds unnatural, as being Canadian..I know geese very well! haha! I would have though Mongeese, or simply just Mongoose. The plural or moose or deer, unless speaking of different species at the same time, is moose, or deer. If the plural of mouse is mice, shouldn’t the plural of house be hice? Back on track though, I must say polygoose is pretty good though too! haha 🙂

Dawn Richardson
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What about the Oxford English Dictionary.
Plurals are strange things:

The plural of foot is feet.
The plural of goosefoot is goosefoots.
The plural of moose is moose.
The plural of goose is geese.
The plural of mouse, the rodent, is mice.
The plural of mouse, the computer hardware device, is mouses.

therefore the plural is Mongeese

Ks
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every mongoose has its day

Ks
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Wow! Say Cheese!

Frank
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I like Mongoosai!

Phoebe
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Maybe it should be “Mongeesedemai!!!”

Claire
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Your research shows intellectual demographics. The plural of mongoose should be an irregular plural and therefor be either mongoose or mongeese. Mongooses has too many syllables which makes it difficult to say. Words should flow off the tongue and not be awkward to pronounce.

Anastasia
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The form of the English name (since 1698) was altered to its “-goose” ending by folk-etymology. It has no etymological connection with the word goose. The plural is mongooses. If the mongoose was in the goose family then the obvious plural would mongeese – but it’s not.
Com’on people.

Michael Cunningham aka Faustino aka Genghis Cunn
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I would call a plurality of mongoose(s) “Cheeky little devils!”

Anonymous
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It all depends on your region, background, style of pronunciation, etc. Not all have tongues where ‘mongoosedem’, ‘mongooses’ or ‘mongeese’ come off the tongue easily, however there is currently no official and proper pluralization of ‘mongoose’.

#emmamais 10
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Hello peeps I would prefer mongeese.

Honeybear
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Can’t believe this didn’t garner any responses. I’m keeping this one.

Also HELLO FROM THE FUTURE obscure comment thread!

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