End of ADS-L Digest - 21 Sep 1995 to 22 Sep 1995 ************************************************ There are 17 messages totalling 440 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Plural Proper Nouns 2. menu (2) 3. cunning 4. One more judgment please (5) 5. X-Post from LINGUIST: Lang Policy 6. acceptability/grammaticality judgments, please (2) 7. Mouse/Mice=House/Hice 8. Gen Ed Linguistics (3) 9. Could I please ask... ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 23 Sep 1995 00:06:35 -0400 From: Virginia Clark Subject: Re: Plural Proper Nouns But there are usually (often?) exceptions, which we tend to forget. At 03:11 PM 9/21/95 MST, you 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]admn.712.nebo.edu > > Most handbooks used in first year English classes (e.g., the _Harbrace College Handbook_) tuck away somewhere the information that the plural of proper names (I think they mean nouns) ending in _y_ are formed by adding just _s_. The old edition (the tenth) that I have gives as examples "the Dudleys and the Berrys." Students don't notice this, and I keep forgetting it. Virginia Clark University of Vermont