Infographic: Weird Plurals

Infographic: Weird Plurals Infographic Language

The English language grows by pursuing other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary. It is ridiculously complex and contradictory, and nowhere is this more true than with the plural forms of nouns.

A sensible language may have two or perhaps 3 rules for plural forms, but English has at least seven different ways to make a noun plural (and I bet even now some mad linguist is inventing a new 8th plural form in a dank moonlit library somewhere).

The following infographic explains seven different rules for writing the plural form of a noun.

Is it complete? Do you think it missed one? Please leave a comment and let us know!


Infographic: Weird Plurals Infographic Language

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Q4TD20 March, 2018

    Full quote:

    “The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary.”

    — James Nicoll

    1. Nate Hoffelder20 March, 2018

      I linked to a full quote of Nicholl’s epigram.

  2. Phyllis23 March, 2018

    “If two louses are lice, and two mouses are mice, would you say that a gal with two spouses had spice?”


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