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Plural of fish.

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TheOnlyOliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 21-May-15 18:18:23

There is a lovely church based coffee morning near me called Little Fishes.
Why is it not Little Fish??

iklboo Thu 21-May-15 18:21:40

I live near a shop called Sofa's, Bed's & Mattresse's

THAT is mind blowing! grin

LuluJakey1 Thu 21-May-15 18:23:39


BlossomTang Thu 21-May-15 18:24:22

This very topic came up with my partner this morning! I recall seeing "fishes" when I was younger and reading American fishkeeping magazines so can only assume that it came over from there.

Feels good to blame American English for this but I may be wrong smile

DrankSangriaInThePark Thu 21-May-15 18:24:33

When you can (more or less) count them, they are fishes. When they are more generic, or dead they are fish.

So, all the fish in the sea, or the fish on my plate...<resists urge to come over all James Bolam and sing "on my little dishy">

Am guessing these "fishes" are on a logo? Or a children's playgroup thingy?

<ahem> <<<always wanted to do that. grin

PacificDogwood Thu 21-May-15 18:27:33

Both have their uses

Or is it 'either'? wink

PacificDogwood Thu 21-May-15 18:28:35

So, the coffee morning referred to many different species of little fishes, not just a number of the same fish grin

GerundTheBehemoth Thu 21-May-15 18:28:59

Fishes is often used when talking about more than one species.

There's also the expression 'sleep with the fishes'.

TheOnlyOliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 21-May-15 19:58:25

Yes, and loaves and fishes
Just suddenly wondered where the extra 'es' came from...

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