Date: Fri, 22 Sep 1995 14:57:16 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: Plural Proper Nouns
OK, OK, this discrimination has gone on for far too long...
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?
Sure! That's the great thing about living languages!
What is this business about a 'crazy change y to ies rule'? The -ies plurals
are perfectly fine and well-behaved. It's that crazy 'change -ies to -y in the
singular--BUT ONLY SOMETIMES; the rest of the time leave it as -ie' rule. What
we really SHOULD insist on is not reforming the -y - -ie/___ + PLURAL rule,
unnatural as it undeniably is. But just think how it would simplify our lives
if we just regularized the singular! That way we would all know that the
singular of 'tardies' is 'tardie'.