Date: Fri, 22 Sep 1995 09:42:49 -0400
From: Merri Lisa Johnson mj906388[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Subject: Re: Plural Proper Nouns
On Thu, 21 Sep 1995, Tom Uharriet wrote:
Fritz Juengling writes:
When I was in grade school, we learned the rule,
"drop the y , add ies . For years, when I was studying
German, there were two "Germanies." Then about 5 years ago,
when the Germanies were reuniting, I saw nothing in the papers
except 'Germanys.' This violated everything I had ever
learned, both in English and German classes.
Did that ies rule apply to proper nouns?
In a room full of people named either Wendy or Terry, do we have . . .
six Wendies and seven Terries
or, six Wendy's and seven Terry's
or, six Wendys and seven Terrys?
utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]admn.712.nebo.edu
Hi. I just wanted to add that I hate that crazy "change y to ies" rule.
As a matter of fact, I refused to observe it as an English major
undergraduate. Can we change it?