Concerning Plurality

Jon_Lincicum at stream.com Jon_Lincicum at stream.com
Mon Nov 28 11:49:36 PST 2005

Davdi Silverrock <davdisil at gmail.com> writes:

>> So I wonder, which one sounds better?  Which is more canonical?
>Someone less lazy than I should look these up in the book search.
>Here's what sounds right to me:
>> "Two Phoenixes"
>> "Two Dragons"
>> "Two Lyorns" 
>> "Two Tiassa"
>> "Two Hawks" 
>> "Two Dzurs"
>> "Two Issolas"
>> "Two Tsalmoths"
>> "Two Vallistas"
>> "Two Jhereg"
>> "Two Iorich"
>> "Two Chreothas"
>> "Two Yendi"
>> "Two Orcas"
>> "Two Teckla"
>> "Two Jhegaalas"
>> "Two Athyra"
>That was harder than expected; we're so used to seeing the terms
>used as adjectives or references to the whole House.

I personally don't think as "s" should be used on anything other than 
Dragon(s), Hawk(s) and possibly Phoenix(es).

The others just "sound better" being their own plurals, IMO.

>From what I recall, Steve avoids having to pluralize the house names most 
of the time by the expedient of referring to folks as "Dragonlords" or 
"Hawklords" rather than as "Dragons" or "Hawks".