Date: Fri, 22 Sep 1995 09:42:49 -0400 From: Merri Lisa Johnson 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 , add . 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 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? > > > Tom Uharriet > utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 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? Merri Lisa Ohio University>