Date: Wed, 20 Sep 1995 14:06:58 EDT

From: Undetermined origin c/o LISTSERV maintainer


Subject: plural of "tardy"

Where I grew up (New York City) the question never arose, because

we were marked "late" rather than "tardy." Nonetheless, wearing

my copyediting hat for a moment, I'd vote for "tardies" because

"-ies" is the normal form for plurals of words ending in a consonant

followed by y, and "-ys" looks odd and causes me to stop and wonder

why the word has been spelled that way.

Vicki Rosenzweig

vr%acmcr.uucp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

New York, NY