Thursday, November 15, 2007

Factoid and Confusion

Our mom learned today that the plural of Shiba Inu is Shiba Inu.

i.e., Daddy is holding two Shiba Inu.

Therefore, she thinks the plural of Shiba is most likely Shiba!

i.e., There are two Shiba asleep on the couch.

To make a long, boring English lesson short . . . she's saying that our blog is ALL WRONG! We aren't "2 SHIBAS!" And no, this blog isn't "FOR THE LOVE OF SHIBAS!"


We like our blog the way it is but with Anal McEnglish Pants in the house it's going to be PRETTY hard to let this one slide. What should we do? Obey the laws of English and change everything we know and love, or contact an editor at Doglish New World Dictionary and see about getting it changed?

We realize this is exhausting and mind-numbingly stupid, but mom made us do it.

Wiley & Fievel


Maggie & Mitch said...

I just had to come and say hi to you! I saw your comment at Sophie Brador's and it struck me that you must be a very down to earth doggie and one that I simply must meet! Nice to meet you, Wiley!

Love ya lots,

Sophie Brador said...

Tee hee! I just read Maggie's comments. She's a sweet ... go visit her.

Anyway, you could avoid the whole English problem and take up the French Les Shiba or Les Shibas, if you so prefer. I am kind of making it up as I go along. My mom figures she has to be such a total stickler with English that she gets to wreak total havoc with French. It's so embarrassing in the dog park.

Oh, and tell you mom not to feel bad about the name thing. Clearly, she's never clicked on the link for my life story under my profile picture. Tell her to do that. It will all be clear.

Ms. Sophina la Brador,
former celebrity extraordinaire

Kerrio said...

No No I beg to differ, the plural of Shiba would be Shibae, its a first declension Latin noun you see.

The Romans were well known for their love of Shibae....

I thought everyone knew that?


Harry said...

My head hurts now and I don't know which is right. maybe you should try to get the dictionary changed. Dogs know best, right?

Toodle pip,
Harry x

Simba said...

My brain hurts now. I'm going to lie down in a dark room.

Simba xx (only one Simba)

Anonymous said...

Huh? Shiba or Shibas either way I love you guys!


Hazel said...

Don't the humans have something called wickedpedia or something where they all go and make up their own words???
That is what you should do. Start a wickedpawdia dictionary and I bet there will be tons of entries from all sorts of 4 legged friends.
Of course, the feline population will submit the coolest words, but hey, that goes without saying.

ChaChi Lu said...

Oh my, I hope the English Police don't come knocking on your door. This is quite a conundrum. I am not sure what to say here. Let's see, maybe you can change it to:

"For the love of God, get a grammar lesson!"


"For the love of being grammatically correct"


You could just leave it because it is kinda like your name. We all know what you mean and we forgive you for such profuse and blatant disregard for the English language.

~ChaChi and Jet

Two Chihuahaii

Comet and BLU said...

We say to ignore the grammar police and take "poetic license" - that's what our girl did with our bloggie.

Our girl thought the plural of spitz was spitz, since spitzes sounded weird to her. After our blog was named, the girl found out that the plural is really spitzen. We're keeping ours wrong - on purpose!
Comet and BLU

Simba said...

well, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! Shibas/Shiba, Tomato/"Tomahto"!!


ps. just tell McEnglish Pants to suck it up! ;o) said...

Haha! I loved this post.. "holding 2 shiba inu!" I will remember this!!


Andy said...

Actually "Shiba Inu" is Japanese, and that language doesn't have plural, which is why you just say "Shiba Inu"... no matter how many of 'em you're holding. You never hear anybody say "two sushis", right? Asking for the plural is like a Spanish-speaker asking "I know how to say 'bueno' in English, but how do I say 'buena'?"

Now, some Slavic languages have different plurals depending on if you have a few or a lot, which means that, hmmm, for Samoyeds... :-)