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Mistaken Plurals

I often hear people use the following for plurals of CRISIS and BREAKFAST: They say CRISISES and BREAKFASTES.  Those non-words look really strange, don’t they? They sound just as odd. The plural of CRISIS is CRISES (cry-sees) and the plural of BREAKFAST is BREAKFASTS (brek-fists).

Phew! I feel a lot better having taken care of that problem.

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Grievous and Mischievous and Homogeneous (Oh My!)

The first two words are often given an extra syllable when spoken, but they don’t merit it.  It’s not GREE-vee-us, nor is it mis-CHEE-vee-us.

They are pronounced GREE-viss and MIS-chiv-iss.

As to the third mispronunciation:  the word is homo-JEEN-ee-iss, not huh-MOJ-en-iss.  The latter seems to be the affected person’s choice.  Instead of adding a syllable, as in the first two words, many people are dropping a syllable in homogeneous.

Thank you for your attention and consideration of my suggestions.

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