Concerning Plurality

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Mon Nov 28 12:22:59 PST 2005

Jon_Lincicum at stream.com wrote:

>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". 
We already have a tradition of having words like hanged and hung.   I'm 
pretty sure we have similar words which are declined differently when 
talking about people belonging to a state, but am not thinking of them.

We are used to the words dragons and hawks.   Which is all the more 
reason to not have Dragons and Hawks.

Now in English we have different traditions about team names.   Is "The 
Broncos" one team or a collection of football players?    Or teams 
without plural names:
The Jazz
The Heat
The Avalanche
The White Sox
The Red Sox

The Dallas Stars refer to a Lone star.   They used to be the North Stars 
which is also a single star.