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We need to talk about Ireland's plural fetish

It’s Tesco not Tescos.

YOU’VE HEARD OF the Mandela effect, right?

You know, those instances in which many of us are certain we remember something a particular way, only for it to be completely wrong in real life?

That happens a lot more in Ireland than people realise – particularly when it comes to unnecessarily pluralising the names of things.

Why is it that we think so many things come in twos – when they don’t?

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You’ll know the main offenders right off the bat – you’ll probably have dropped a few clangers yourself.

Tesco(s)

At no point has Tesco ever had an ‘S’ on the end.

So you can “run to Tescos” all you want for milk, but just know that there will no milk there, because the place does not exist.

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Eason(s)

This is a confusing one now, so you can’t really blame people for effing it up all the time.

The chain of newsagents is called ‘Eason & Sons’, hence the individual shops being called ‘Eason’.

But obviously, that tends to get abbreviated to ‘Easons’. This saw the company relent, with the website being called ‘easons.com’.

So yeah. Easy mistake to make there, in fairness.

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Tamango(s)

Ah, Tamangos – the place where dreams come true (or go to die, depending on what side of the argument you’re on).

Except that the nightclub is not in fact called Tamangos but is, in actual fact, called Tamango.

Tamango-main-room Source: Tamango

You are making a show of yourself.

Bohemian(s) FC

Ok, ok. So this one is probably a stretch.

They’re obviously a football team, and there’s obviously loads of them. (Players that is).

But just to be clear, right? The club is Bohemian FC. You can call them ‘Bohs’ all you want but that doesn’t change the law of the land.

14512659443_182e4117a8_z Dalymount Park Source: Flickr

There you are now, your English lesson for the day.

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