RE: Are we WRITERS????

Subject: RE: Are we WRITERS????
From: Chuck Martin <CMartin -at- serena -dot- com>
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2000 15:20:39 -0800

Sorry, but ain't necessarily so. (I just wish I had a *real* Websters for

The 13th Edition of "Chicago" doesn't directly say, but in describing
plurals, it uses the sentence "Thus a book may have two indexes and a
mathematical expression two indices." (6.11, which also says that when
Webster gives 2 plurals for a word, the first is the generally accepted

The only "Websters" here in my office is the "Websters Encyclopedic
Dictionary of the English Language," published by Gramercy Press and based
on the Random House Dictionary of the English Language. The entry for index
here has "indexes" preceding "indices" for plural construction. is a redirect to The index entry there
lists the plural construction in the same order. This site claims to be
based on the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.

Anyone know what the "real" Websters says?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kathi Knill [mailto:kathi -at- inline-software -dot- com]
> Sent: Friday, March 24, 2000 1:13 PM
> Subject: Are we WRITERS????
> sorry if this sounds nasty but it just hit a nerve....
> we are writers (most of us)...
> the plural of index is indices NOT indexes!!
> Sorry again but I just couldn't let it go.

Chuck Martin
Sr. Technical Writer, SERENA Software

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