Friday, May 28, 2010

One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fishes?

It’s been a busy week. The Victoria Day long weekend was fabulous and it was followed by a busy Tuesday that ended with a phone call to come home quickly because something was wrong with the baby.

Turns out, after a trip to the doctor, the baby was affected by the large amount of pollen in the air coupled with the humidity, which caused his eyes to become swollen, red and itchy. All is well now.

So Wednesday was a day off, Thursday was a catchup day and Friday was a busy interview day, including an interesting conversation with the head of maintenance at the University of Toronto and what turned out to be a fantastic interview with the curator of fishes at the Toronto Zoo and .


Now there is an interesting word.

While doing research on sustainable fishing, I came across a number of sites that said fishes.

So I asked Cindy Lee, the curator of fishes, if that was the correct word for fish plural.

Lee tells me that when you are talking about multiples of the same type of fish, for example 20 goldfish, you would say fish. However, if you are talking about a number of different fish species, for example cod, salmon and catfish, you would call them fishes.

So now you know.

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all who celebrate it.

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