More severe weather is forecast for Somerset and other parts of the West Country this week, after a day of blue skies across most parts brought welcome respite. Three severe flood warnings remain in place on the River Severn – a drop of a third since the beginning of the weekend - and the Environment Agency warned the whole of the south of England will be at an “increased risk” of flooding within the next 24 hours. Read more >>
The cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express shows a flooded field on a farm. A shepherd (or sheep farmer) holding a shepherd's crook watches from a grassy knoll as his sheepdog, who is wearing a lifejacket, rounds up the flock of sheep by paddling around in a canoe. The dog goes 'Woof!'.
1. Woof is a word used for describing the sound a dog makes. • Dog goes woof, cat goes meow, bird goes tweet, and mouse goes squeak. Note that in English we say a dog goes woof — or rather children do. An adult would probably say that a dog barks. See here for a list of animal sound verbs.
2. Sheep is an example of an invariant or invariable noun, i.e., one that does not change when inflected into the plural. Invariant nouns can still be counted, as in "one sheep, two sheep". Other examples of animal-related invariant nouns include deer, moose, salmon, and cod.