Links and visuals illustrating an orthographic pet peeve.
A music store in Capitol Hill.
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– November 1, 2005
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From MIT, The Mayfield Handbook of Scientific and Technical Writing (http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:rwiF5jwy8vgJ:https://mit.imoat.net/handbook/apostrop.htm+apostrophe+plurals+acronyms&hl=en&lr=lang_en): “Optionally, use the apostrophe to form the plurals of acronyms and numbers. Be consistent, however, throughout a document. Always use the apostrophe to form the plurals of lowercase letters.”
“Optionally” = “used so often that we might as well let it slip”——–To form the plural of an abbreviation, a number, or a capital letterused as a noun, simply add an ‘s’ to the end.
- A group of MPs - The late 1940s - Mind your Ps and Qs
To form the plural of an abbreviation with periods, a lowercase letterused as a noun, and abbreviations or capital letters that would beambiguous or confusing if the ‘s’ alone were added, use an apostropheand an ‘s’.
- A group of M.P.’s - The x’s in the equation - Sending SOS’s”
I need to post the neon sign that reads “CDs and DVD’s” — definitely not consistent there!
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