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    Question What is the plural of brainchild?

    Hello,

    Could anybody tell me what the plural of brainchild is? Is it brainchilds or is brainchildren an acceptable word?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: What is the plural of brainchild?

    I would be apt to say brainchilds, since the -children option would seem to focus more on actual 'kids'. I must admit I'm at a loss with this one.

    Naturally, I consulted my favourite online dictionary http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=brainchild, and oddly enough, the plural isn't commented on.

    Here's hoping someone can clear it up so we come out of this the wiser!

    Bill

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    Default Re: What is the plural of brainchild?

    Google gives 549 for 'brainchilds' and 48,800 for 'brainchildren'. It is a tricky one, like the plural of computer mouse.

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    That is a really good and challenging question, but, interestingly, my Langenscheid dictionary "Language Man" says that the plural is "brainchildren".

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    Default Re: What is the plural of brainchild?

    If "brainchild" is viewed as one word, not a compound, then add -s, "brainchilds". If it's viewed as a compound, then "brainchildren".

    Note, to my knowledge "brainchild" doesn't have a recognized plural form.

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