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New article on anthropomorphism is very nicely done. It reminds me of an early SF movie in which the alien was a plant based lifeform that looked very much like a big human being (or maybe better like bigfoot). Jansegers (talk) 12:12, 5 October 2016 (UTC)
Countability and numberEdit
First, note that it is not words per se that are countable or uncountable, but rather individual senses of those words. In many cases, the same word applies both to the thing and to the category or kind to which that thing belongs. Kinds can almost always be counted, and therefore uncountable words almost always have a plural form. For example you might have some cheese (uncountable) in front of you, but if there are three kinds, you could say there are three cheeses (countable, plural). While plural contempt is quite rare, so we may choose not to include it here, it does exist. Note too that some uncountables have no singular form and are always plural: police, glasses, clothes, outskirts, genitals, etc.
- Okay on the fact that we won't include the rare plural of contempt, but how do you force the plural of a word? Qwertyxp2000 (talk) 06:52, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
- I'm not sure I understand what your question means, but here's a story that might help. There used to be a food called pease, which was a kind of small round legume. The word came from Latin pisa. Like other similar foods (e.g., wheat, corn, or rice) it was uncountable. But some time, likely in the 1600s, a child or group of children (certainly illiterate) misinterpreted pease as the plural of pea, a word which had not previously existed. They started using pea and peas, and gradually this new countable noun entered English and the old uncountable one disappeared. So, perhaps the answer to your question is that you simply reconceptualize it.--Brett (talk) 11:43, 20 September 2018 (UTC)