Talking Points



Our language often, so it’s said,

Can tie its tongue or lose its head,

Or other body parts: remember

Words can dis-arm, and worse, dis-member.


Though consistency’s what we’re about

The sought-for thought falls through, throughout.

Dim gives “dimmed,” but swim gives “swum,”

Where skimming surely gives us skum.


We hardly seem to turn a corner

With our collective nouns for fauna.

For moose it’s moose, for goose it’s geese.

It really takes the octopeese.



The rules of the game are simple: try your hardest to speak English, and prepare to be corrected by everyone anyway. 


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