Date: Fri, 22 Sep 1995 09:33:51 -0700
From: Dan Alford dalford[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]S1.CSUHAYWARD.EDU
Subject: Re: tardys vs. tardies
Fascinating, Tom! This is a direct analogy in *spelling* to the whole
discussion on mouses/mice in pronunciation.
The real sticker, of course, is why would a word like this resist the
powerful rule for a majority of cases, where y - ies. What has
historically made writers hesitate here? Visual analogy to 'todays', as
in "All our todays are fleeting"?
What are some other, perhaps less arcane, -y words that - -ys? Do they
form a class of some sort?
On Tue, 19 Sep 1995, Tom Uharriet wrote:
A student is marked tardy again for being late to class. Does s/he
ask, "How many _tardys_ do I have now?" or
"How many _tardies_ do I have now?"
I see it in local print both ways. Neither is in the dictionary. Is
one spelling "right"?
utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]admn.712.nebo.edu