The Great Debate

So here’s the great debate: is it mooses or meese?

Often when you end up having to refer to more than one moose (come on, it happens to everyone at some point in your day) and you’re stumped by the plural form. The irregular plural often used is moose (like how more than one deer are referred to as many deer) but that just doesn’t sound right. Your next instinct is justĀ  to slap an s on the end of it just like other plurals (cats, cups, toboggans) but then you get mooses. Unless you’re talking about several chocolate mousses (which you should also slip into casual conversation at least once a day) that just doesn’t sound right either.

So you bite the bullet and think: well bloody hell, if more than oneĀ  goose is a group of geese, then why can’t it be one moose and several meese? This is a quaint thought, but not entirely correct.

The scholars tell us that mooses is technically correct but having fallen so far out of use that it sounds wrong. Meese is entirely wrong unless you’re looking to add comedic relief to your conversation about several moose (and how serious can that conversation REALLY be to start with?) and in fact, because the word moose has Algonquin origins as opposed to the Germanic roots of goose / geese, it’s really quite a mutt of an appropriation.

In fact, the etymologically correct (true to its roots) plural of moose is mosinee. So say that. Or meese. Or mooses. Or better yet, spend your life obsessively avoiding ever having to refer to more than one moose.