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Fried Chicken

You can count chickens. 1 chicken, 2 chickens. But Once you fry them, you can’t count them. Why not? What’s wrong with 2 fried chickens?

  • December 23, 2002
  • Posted by Dyske
  • Filed in Grammar
  • 5 comments

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As if counting in Japanese is any easier, ha!

yoinkmydanish December 30, 2003 @ 12:56AM

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chicken...monkey...bannana, funny words, do they really have enough power over you to ask questions in relation to their numerical merit? If one were to fry a monkey (and I do not recommend such activities), how would we count them? By parts, or by individual monkey?

pilsnersister January 3, 2003 @ 9:27PM

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A live chicken is a single indivisible unit. Once it's killed and cooked, it becomes some quantity of fried chicken, which is divisible -- and hard to keep track of, if you have light-fingered hungry people around. HonBancho's right; nobody wants to have to keep count. Fried chicken is just fried chicken.

tnh March 17, 2003 @ 10:08PM

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Okay ya'll. It's got ta do with cookin' ya see.

Those chickn's get ta be singular when they go from being ingredients (note: plural ingredients) in the recipe to being the resultin' dish (singular).

Lack usin' avocados (plural) to make guacamole (singular), peas to make pea soup, or chickens or chicken parts to make a luscious platta of fried chicken.

Ya see??

rnoble April 9, 2003 @ 4:10PM

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I think it's more simple than all of these explanations.

While it's in original animal form (whether dead, live, boiled, fried, hanging in the window of a chinese barbecue shop or otherwise) it is pluralized. (Look mom, I've got 2 boiled chickens!)

When referring to the meat, it's simply chicken.

rostor April 10, 2003 @ 2:15PM

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