08-08-2010 02:43 PM
Wizards use them to enhance their magic powers - a staff. My question is, what is the correct plural form of the word "staff"? Normally, if a word ends in an "F" like "leaf", you change the "F" to a "V" and add "es", making "leaf" become "leaves". I otherwise don't see "stafves" though I see a near-even mix of both "staves" and "staffs". Which is the correct plural of "staff" or is that one of those odd cases where both are equally correct?
08-09-2010 12:18 AM
"The plural form of staff was originally staves (compare wolf, wolves and knife, knives), and in British and International English this is still preferred. In American English the usual plural form has become staffs, except in fantasy literature. The old English plural form staves collectively describes the wooden sticks bound by iron hoops to form traditional wooden barrels."
Also, here's the link from Merriam-Webster's online dictionary:
Hope this helps!