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.