I have faced similar challenges as the zoo manager in the following humorous story when writing. I admire his creative solution, though I haven’t yet needed to order a mongoose or two.
He stared at the screen, focusing on that odd word “mongooses.” Then he deleted the word and added another, so that the sentence now read: “I would like to place an order for two mongeese, to be delivered at your earliest convenience.”
Again he stared at the screen, this time focusing on the new word, which seemed just as odd as the original one. Finally, he deleted the whole sentence and started all over. “Everyone knows no fully stocked zoo should be without a mongoose,” he typed. “Please send us two of them.”
[forwarded by Steve Sanderson]