I got to thinking about the word â€œhoofâ€™. Donâ€™t ask me why. Itâ€™s not as if I were this lady or this gentleman who regularly deal with ungulates. Hell, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever gotten a live, close-up look at a hoof.
OK. Iâ€™ll get to the silly point.
I learned in school that the plural of the word â€œhoofâ€ is â€œhoovesâ€.** Hooves? How crazy is that?
Why then doesnâ€™t a roofer repair multiple â€œroovesâ€ instead of â€œroofsâ€?
Why arenâ€™t more than one â€œpoofâ€ called â€œpoovesâ€?
Perhaps a bunch of â€œgoofsâ€ should be â€œgoovesâ€.
Why wouldnâ€™t two â€œwoofsâ€ by a dog be called â€œwoovesâ€?
Or, why wouldnâ€™t two â€œspoofsâ€ be two â€œspoovesâ€?
Flipping the matter around, why isnâ€™t one of many â€œgroovesâ€ called a â€œgroofâ€?
Thereâ€™s simply no accounting for the caca that occupies my cruller sometimes.
** I know â€¦ The dictionary also lists â€œhoofsâ€ as a plural form of â€œhoofâ€, but I think â€œhoovesâ€ came first. Anyway, thatâ€™s the way I learned it, and itâ€™s my blog.