Make Your Editor Cry: Hoof (Awkward Plural)
BLUF: (Bottom Line Up Front)
The plural of hoof is hooves or rarely hoofs.
The definition of hoof: a curved covering of horn that protects the front of or encloses the ends of the digits of an ungulate mammal and that corresponds to a nail or claw
The singular of hoof is hoof. The plural of hoof is hooves or less commonly hoofs. You can use either, just be consistent throughout the entire text. The noun hoof conforms to the standard rules for forming the plurals of nouns in English.
”Horse thunder” is what I call the sound of galloping hoofs. (John Fusco)
Hooves have also been used in the manufacture of high—end glues.
Gregg Bridgeman is the Editor-in-Chief at Olivia Kimbrell Press. He is husband to best-selling Christian author Hallee Bridgeman and parent to three. He continues to proudly serve in the US Armed Forces and has done so in either an active or reserve capacity for more than twenty years as an airborne and air assault qualified paratrooper, earning a Bronze Star for his service. Most importantly, he was ordained in October of 2001 after surrendering his life to Christ decades earlier.