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



Peter Jay Salzman writes:
 > begin Jeff Newmiller <jdnewmil@dcn.davis.ca.us> 
 > > On Mon, 22 Jul 2002, Micah Cowan wrote:
 > > 
 > > > Peter Jay Salzman writes:
 > > >  > begin Henry House <hajhouse@houseag.com> 
 > > >  > > On Sun, Jul 21, 2002 at 11:08:52PM -0700, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
 > > >  > 
 > > >  > not all acronyms use all uppercase.  what would you do to make the
 > > >  > sentence unambiguous in that case?
 > > 
 > > So you would like to write "A bunch of Heliums" as "A bunch of He's" and
 > > suggest that this is somehow clear?
 > 
 > bleah.  your example sucks.  you're trying to tell me what correct
 > english is with the example sentence "a bunch of heliums"?

Pete, I'm pretty sure that's *his* point: why would you want to
pluralize He?

 > 
 > try giving a less embarrasing example.
 > 

...likewise...  :)

 > > Assuming a sentence could be
 > > constructed in which a plural of such an abbreviation made sense, I can't
 > > imagine how adding an apostrophe will make it clearer, given the rules of
 > > English.
 >  
 > well, take it from someone who's spent a long time being a scientist.
 > just because YOU can't imagine it, doesn't mean it's not true.
 > 
 > i'm kind of disappointed that your thinking is so calcified.

Let's not get hot about this... but if you /can/ imagine it, how about
an example?

-Micah
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