English Tea Time

Queer English PinFor those of you who don’t school year round, welcome back to school!

As you’re getting back into a routine, your children may enjoy this fun, silly poem I found in a 1909 book, Inspiring Recitations for the School and Home. Enjoy “Queer English”, by an unknown author, for this month’s Tea Time.

Queer English

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes.
Then one fowl is goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of mouse should never be meese,
You may find a lone mouse, or a whole nest of mice,
But the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
The cow in the plural may be cows or kine,
And the plural of vow is vows, not vine.
And if I speak of a foot and you show me your feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth, and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?
If the singular’s this, and the plural is these,
Should the plural of kiss be nicknamed keese?
Then one may be that and three would be those,
Yet hat in a plural would never be hose.

We speak of a brother, and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then masculine pronouns are he, his and him;
But imagine the feminine – she, shis and shim!
So the English, I think, you all will agree,
Is the most wonderful language you ever did see.

1. Recite and/or memorize the poem

2. Queer English Notebook Page

3. Practice handwriting skills with:

Queer English Manuscript Copywork Pages from Homeschool Share

Queer English Manuscript Copywork

Queer English Cursive Copywork Pages from Homeschool Share

Queer English Cursive Copywork

4. Analyze “Queer English” using:

Queer English Study Notes
(You can also download  Plural Rules)

5. For a tea time treat:
Have an English tea with hot tea, cream and sugar, and scones.

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