In Old English, nouns that followed certain patterns formed their plurals with -n rather than –s.

These included the one you mention, eyen (“eyes”), as well as earan (“ears”), tungan (“tongues”), fon (“foes”), housen (“houses”), shoen (“shoes”), treen (“trees”), and oxan (the original plural of “ox”).

вы не поверите, но существует аналог в/на укросрача для английского языка!

“Ukraine is a country,” says William Taylor, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009. “The Ukraine is the way the Russians referred to that part of the country during Soviet times … Now that it is a country, a nation, and a recognized state, it is just Ukraine. And it is incorrect to refer to the Ukraine, even though a lot of people do it.”

In recent weeks, as the upheaval in Ukraine has escalated, many journalists and U.S. Administration officials and pundits have been guilty as the same sin as Obama, who usually gets it right. Though such slips are not meant to be slights, they can still rankle people from a nation that became independent in 1991 and is now fighting to maintain stable autonomy as Russian boots step onto their soil. Taylor says that the diaspora, those Ukrainians now abroad and hearing reports about their homeland in English, are particularly sensitive to this definite article. “Whenever they hear the Ukraine, they fume,” Taylor says. “It kind of denies their independence, denies their sovereignty.”

Чем заняться при выходе в отпуск? Вопрос не от скуки, а от разноплановости: на работе хотят, чтобы я сидел на удалёнке и работал; тесть хочет, чтобы занялся его машиной и дачей; жена хочет домашние дела; ребенок хочет внимания; я хочу за Ubuntu и заняться 3d моделями, английским и сайтом на python+django. В итоге лежу на диване и пишу в жуик)))

Слово дня: spark.

I’m not saying go to a coffee shop. The horror, the horror. I stopped writing in coffee shops years ago. Too many distractions. But maybe take a shower, do the dishes, cook something. Vacuum. Mindless tasks have a way of helping other parts of your brain focus. Let your mind wander over things you’re interested in. Whenever that spark comes, you’ll feel it.

Слово дня: aboveboard.

My poor dad thought I would turn into a drug-addicted, tattoo-covered prostitute. He even tried to arrange a meeting with my boss, the owner of a new hipster bar where I was working. “I just want to make sure you’re above board.” My boss laughed in his face.