You say, “potato,” and I say, “potatoes.”
Then you say, “dynamo,” and I say, “dynamos.”
The English language is filled with odd exceptions, particularly for correct spellings.
A group of superheroes would have to eat a big bunch of super-gyros to figure out all of these plural closings for words that end in “o.”
Oh, my! There it goes – with all those uh-ohs!
Take a look:
OK, it gets worse.
Some words ending with “o” may be pluralized with or without the addition of an “e.” IN such cases, both ways are considered correct
buffaloes / buffalos (or even just “buffalo,” as in “Oh, give me a home, where the buffalo roam.”)
dominoes / dominos
ghettoes / ghetto
innuendoes / innuendos
mangoes / mangos
mosquitoes / mosquitos
mottoes / mottos
tornadoes / tornados
volcanoes / volcanos
Then there’s more. Watch out for homonyms!
Consider this example: When the accountant zeroes in on our monthly expenses, he usually comes up with a few extra zeros.
Even a spell-checker won’t tag that one.
Pass the dictionary, would you, please?
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