Date: Fri, 22 Sep 1995 09:33:51 -0700 From: Dan Alford 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"? > > > Tom Uharriet > utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >