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Re: [vox] [OT] ISO's vs ISOs
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Re: [vox] [OT] ISO's vs ISOs

begin Rick Moen <rick@linuxmafia.com> 
> Quoting Peter Jay Salzman (p@dirac.org):
> > i think using the apostrophe to mark the end of the acronym makes total
> > sense.  to use jim's example, but with nicole's way of writing it:
> > 
> >    Mind your Ps and Qs.
> > 
> > what exactly should i be minding?  should i be minding a "P" or should i
> > be minding a "Ps"?  nicole's method doesn't say; it's ambiguous.  the
> > apostrophe isn't just syntactic sugar.  it serves a purpose.
> As editor, I always stripped those apostrophes, considering them to 
> create the spurious impression of either possession or a contraction -- 
> and _not_ being necessary to clarity.  That is, _given_ the lack of an
> apostrophe, context makes it seem (to the reader) extremely probable
> that the letter s is there to indicate plurals.  

ok, in that case, you yourself are using incorrect english.


webster says that we use an apostrophe to denote plural in two
situations, one of the situations being a plural of a letter of the

so get off your high horse and come muck around in the gutter with me.


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