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And a cat has only nine lives - GrammarGasm


wolflahti
May. 10th, 2010 06:24 pm And a cat has only nine lives


"A single wolf has been been seen to kill a moose 11 times by itself."
--from http://www.squidoo.com/wolf-facts

That poor moose!

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From:patrickwonders
Date:May 11th, 2010 11:58 am (UTC)
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Many laughs... even reading it again 7hrs later....
From:cycon
Date:May 11th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
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And that's just when the wolf was by itself; how many times did the wolf and its packmates kill that moose?
From:kart
Date:May 12th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti.
From:spastigirl
Date:May 21st, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
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The awkward thing is, what the hell should you say to convey the desired idea? "A single wolf has been seen to kill moose (mass noun)" Clearly not. "A single wolf has been known to kill eleven single moose" sounds equally ridiculous.
From:wolflahti
Date:May 21st, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Especially when there's no reliable way to know whether the moose in question were actually married.

I think this would work: "One wolf is known to have killed eleven moose by itself."
From:metatxt
Date:August 29th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
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oh noes! RESPAWNS! NATURE IS GLITCHED! REFRESH THE SERVER CONNECTION!!!

/Warcraft nerding (clrly by WOLF you mean WORGEN)
From:rymrytr
Date:October 27th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
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I've heard of Cats having Nine Lives, but a Moose having Eleven... No WAIT! Bullwinkle! He musta had a Gazillion!

As an old guy who started school in the 1950's, we would have phrase it this way:

During its lifetime, an individual Wolf has been known to kill as many as eleven Moose.

(As an "aside", have you noticed that few folks, even the Channel 11 Newsies, say "Ahleven" not eleven?) "See you tonight ant ahleven on ahleven".

Anyway... ya cheered my Day! Thanks, one and all!! :o)