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A plural of a plural (Posted on 2015-10-30) Difficulty: 2 of 5
WORD1 is the plural of WORD2, which is the plural of WORD3

Find WORD1,WORD2, WORD3, 3 distinct words.

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Some Thoughts More words than might be imagined | Comment 3 of 5 |
medium, media, medias

Nouns that have an irregular plural may themselves be pluralized when the plural of the singular is treated as a collection, and the collection is treated as a unit.

Math Man proposed WORD3 as person. The plural (WORD2) of person can be either persons or people. People is a collective form, and may thus, when treated as a unit, may be pluralized (WORD1) as peoples. Similarly, it also occurs in Charlie's proposed agendum, agenda, agendas.

Charlie gave an example using a Latin plural that has become acceptable in English. There are words that come into modern English from Old English, such as chicken where the plural is noted by the suffixial stem -en, yet has become a word to denote the singular element. Still, the word is sometimes used to denote a plural (though rare), and being accepted in the singular, is often able to be pluralized with the modern English pluralization - chick, chicken, chickens is thus another valid solution for WORD3, WORD2, WORD1.

I believe I have crossed paths with at least one English word where the plural ending in s has, itself, an irregular pluralized form for the collective thus formed. But I can not recall the word.

Edited on October 31, 2015, 1:51 am
  Posted by Dej Mar on 2015-10-31 01:41:17

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