The Mongoose Dilemma: What Is The Plural Of Mongoose?

 

Mongoose, Mongeese, Mongooses or Mongi?

This Mongoose question is a game watchers nightmare, and when most people see 1 Mongoose they hope another one doesn't come out and join it's fellow specie, what will you say if there is more than 1? Well here is the answer: In my mind there are 4 plurals to the word Mongoose. There are 2 Mongoose, There are 2 Mongi, There are 2 Mongeese and there are 2 Mongooses. There is no real correct answer to this question, although it does sound very strange when a person shout's out: "Hey look, there are a group of Mongi" or "Look over there, 5 Mongeese". So I think it is acceptable for the plural of the word Mongoose to be Mongoose or Mongooses!

Yellow Mongoose

A Mongoose Joke

This Mongoose joke is quite famous and my father always tells it to me...

There once was a man who was starting up a small zoo. He had received all the animals he wanted for his zoo from fellow zoo's and game parks around the area, except the Mongoose. So the man decided to write a letter to the largest zoo in the area and it went like this:

To whom it may concern...

I would like to purchase 2 Mongeese from you... He thought that did not sound right so he started again.

I would like to purchase 2 Mongooses from you. Now the man still thought that this didn't sound at all right, so he tried again:

I would like to purchase 2 Mongi from your zoo... The man was on the verge of giving up, until he had a great idea...

To whom it may concern...

I would like to purchase 1 Mongoose from your zoo. PS could you send another Mongoose with that 1!