I stumbled upon the word "chairmans", but I'm not quite sure what it means. Some usage indicate possessive form i.e "chairman's" while others indicate its use as plural form. I thought the plural of "chairman" should be "chairmen". Can you use "chairmans" as plural form?
The plural of "chairman" is "chairmen" much like the plural of "fireman" is "firemen."
Or simply, the plural of "man" is "men." :-P
"mens sana in corpore sano".......the only time you will find the word "mens".....Latin meaning the mind, hence "mental".
Meaning "sound mind in a sound body"...it applies to all of us in this forum? Of course it does! :-)
The plural of ''man'' is ''men'' everywhere except on videogames where the plural is ''mans''.
''The men that were playing the Nintendo game have three mans left.''
One ''man'' on a videogame means one ''life'' or something like that.
By the way, is there much difference between the pronunciation of "man" and "men"? When I have to pronounce these words, they sound pretty much the same...
I disagree. Most people say "I have 3 men left" when referring to lives on video games (I've never heard anyone say anything like your sample sentece).
When speaking fast they might sound similar, but it is a different vowel sound.
Since women are also capable of wielding power, surely 'chairperson' is the better term to use.
However, the plural of "walkman" is "walkmans" and the reason for this, as given by linguists, is that it is a "headless noun" or, said more simply, the -man part of "walkman" is not a type of man (such as chairman or fireman).
This example and the concept of headless nouns is described very well in Steven Pinker's book, The Language Instinct, which I highly recommend.
Your right, Not all words ending in ''man'' have the ''men'' plural.
Isn't the ''man'' in ''fireman'' pronounce [m..n] and the ''man'' in ''handyman'' pronounced more like [me..n].
Thanks. Just to get this straight - "chirmans" CANNOT be looked in the same context as "humans" or "walkmans". Yes? No?
"Chairmen" are not in the same category as "walkmans."
And Steven Pinker is a confirmed sexist.
Don't buy his book or don't read his work then.
As an introduction to linguistic issues, _The Language Instinct_ has received good reviews by the linguistic community.
I dislike Noam Chomsky's politics very much, but I consider him a brilliant linguist and professor; one of the absolute best. Just because you or I dislike some personal aspect of someone, doesn't mean their work is invalid.