Prime Minister of New Zealand Joins Arachnoboards?

Arachnopuppy

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We all know the New Zealand government is trying to cross breed between sheeps and tarantulas.
 

DrAce

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...sheeps...
I know this is nit-picking, but for some reason this really grates my nerves.

It's a funny joke, but the word for a lot of sheep is 'sheep'. One sheep, two sheep, a dozen sheep, a flock of sheep. It's an irregular plural.

Sorry, I really am. But that just pulls some deep visceral response in me.
 

blacktara

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But if you have just lots and lots of sheep - thats sheeps

And if you have even more, then you have sheepses
 
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jebbewocky

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What if you have a herd of multiple types of sheep?
I know with fish that the plural of fish is fish, but if it is a school of different kind of fihs, then "fishes" is appropriate.
 

Arachnopuppy

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What if you have a herd of multiple types of sheep?
I know with fish that the plural of fish is fish, but if it is a school of different kind of fihs, then "fishes" is appropriate.
I see this issue like the word people. People is plural for person. But it is common practice to say peoples if we're talking about multiple groups of people.
 

DrAce

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What if you have a herd of multiple types of sheep?
I know with fish that the plural of fish is fish, but if it is a school of different kind of fihs, then "fishes" is appropriate.
I see this issue like the word people. People is plural for person. But it is common practice to say peoples if we're talking about multiple groups of people.
I don't think the word sheeps exists at all. Fishes does.

Even Word agrees. There's a red line underneath it.
 

jebbewocky

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Word suggests a lot of things, lol.
I might start using sheeps that way anyway.{D
 

Kirsten

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Sheep: plural for multiple sheep.
Fish: plural for multiples of a single species of fish
Fishes: plural for multiple species of fish
People: plural for multiples of persons
Peoples: plural for multiple groups of nationalities/races
A people: a term for an entire single race/nationality
 

WARPIG

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This thread has a lotta sheep(es) dip in it;P


PIG-
 

2oCHEVYo0

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Quit sheepin' round people! {D Seriously though, the Prime Minister held a Tarantula. Cool!!!
 

TomM

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I think it's pretty obvious:
Ox -> Oxen
Sheep -> Sheepen
 
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