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