Date: Wed, 20 Sep 1995 04:31:12 -0400 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: Mouse/Mice=House/Hice > My question is, has anyone heard of "house" being pluralised as "hice"? no, but i've heard a couple of times (in u.s. and south africa) "spouse" being pluralized as "spice." i believe the use is self- conscious, but the last time i heard it (sunday), it was said as if everyone would automatically understand it--no special intonation around it or anything. (friend telling his wife that getting their kids spice should be a higher priority than becoming grandparents.) the other time was on an invitation to a potluck "bring your spice", so it was a bit more confusing (especially since none of the guests were polygamists, as far as i know). lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-4199 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA