Subject: Re: plurals vs. apostrophes
To: Erich T. Enke <Erich.T.Enke@wheaton.edu>
From: Bill Studenmund <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/02/2000 19:13:21
On vacation last week... :-)
On Wed, 26 Jul 2000, Erich T. Enke wrote:
> I thought it might be from words that normally don't have plurals, such as
> computer acronyms. When someone comes across MTA for instance, how does
> one pluralize it? MTAs doesn't look right to some people because of the
> change in case, MTAS is equally bad because the S appears to be part of
> the acronym. So MTA's is introduced, giving a spacer between the acronym
> and the pluralizing s.
There is another reason, which is why I like to use 's in this case. It's
not that MTUs looks weird, it's that with the way computer acronyms are
made, MTUs is a perfectly consistent acronym. And a different one from
MTU. Thus the use of 's to remove the ambiguity.