Monday, July 11, 2011

Shrimp or shrimps?

From a 1958 Carlsbad Journal newspaper:

"What is the plural of shrimp, 'shrimp' or 'shrimps'? It has been explained this way: When the word refers to a shellfish, the plural is 'shrimp.' When it refers to men, the plural is 'shrimps'."

1 comment:

  1. I believe that "shrimp" is the plural of shrimp (unless a Quebecois is in an English speaking area, where they tend to say, "shrimps", "cereals", "graffitis"), etc.

    If you are speaking of a pile, or 3/4 lb. of the specific crustacean, it is "shrimp". However, if you are referring to > 1 of the suborders, of the order decapod crustaceans (e.g, Mexican white shrimp vs. extra large Atlantic shrimp - think Forest Gump), then you would refer to them as shrimps.

    That is my answer, in a crustacean shell.