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The Grammatical and Perplexing Plural of Bigfoot

Bigfoot Vs Bigfoots   Bigfoot Vs. Bigfoots                                                                                                         Pictograph created by Thomas Halek in Piktochart

Bigfoot, by cryptozoology standards, is an ape-like creature ranging from 7 to 10 feet tall at maturity. Even though Bigfoot has been in Native American folklore and cave drawings for hundreds of years, science has not provided proof of their existence. There are scientific organizations such as the BFRO and SRA that dedicate scientific field research to finding proof of the existence of Bigfoot. That topic would be the subject of another publication. This publication deals only with the correct grammatical interpretation of the noun, Bigfoot.

Grammatically, Bigfoot is a noun that is both plural and singular. In the world of animals and fish, many are both plural and singular. There can be one antelope standing by itself, or there can be a herd of antelope. There can be one goldfish swimming by itself, or you can have a school of goldfish. There can be one buffalo walking across the prairie or a herd of buffalo in a stampede. There can be one bass heading upstream or a school of bass in a lake.

The plural of Bigfoot is Bigfoot, and the plural of Sasquatch is Sasquatch. However, in other parts of the world, they are Abominable Snowman and Yeti. The plural of Abdominal Snowman is Abominable Snowmen, and the plural of Yeti is Yetis. Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, in his writing, describes a “manual of styles” that was adopted by the International Society of Cryptozoology’s editor, Richard Greenwell, who documents the proper cryptozoological names.

However, with all the documentation above, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, in its on-line definition of Bigfoot, shows the plural as Bigfeet or Bigfoots. Another interesting occurrence happens when typing Bigfeet into a Microsoft Word document. Word earmarks it as miss-spelled. In an article, he wrote on North American Bigfoot, the co-host on the TV series Finding Bigfoot, Cliff Barackman, states Bigfeet implies more than one foot and not the creature.

In conclusion, whether or not the creature Bigfoot is real, the documentation above proves that grammatically, Bigfoot is both singular and plural.