RE: Pluralization of MSDS?

Subject: RE: Pluralization of MSDS?
From: "Butler, Darren J CTR USAF AFMC 584 CBSS/GBHAC" <Darren -dot- Butler -dot- ctr -at- Robins -dot- af -dot- mil>
To: "Latella, Vincent" <VINCENT -dot- LATELLA -at- saic -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 16:06:50 -0400

>>"Submitting Product Labels & MSDSs".<<

I work in the DoD arena, where using and inventing acronyms is virtually
a sport (religion?), so I encounter this problem often. Sometimes,
pluralizing an acronym is frustratingly unavoidable. Would the following
be acceptable?

"Product Label and MSDS Submission Procedures"

-Darren

Darren Butler
Sr. Military Jargon Alchemist
NG Corp
Robins Air Force Base, Georgia 31098




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Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2009 3:47 PM
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Subject: RE: Pluralization of MSDS?

Right. It can stand for "...Sheet" or "...Sheets."

Just to give a little more background here, one of my headings, for
instance, reads "Submitting Product Labels & MSDSs".

In that context, we're already talking about "Labels" (plural), so to
say "Submitting Product Labels & MSDS" looks a little strange to me, as
would "Submitting MSDS and Product Labels." In the latter case, it
sounds like we're talking about two types of labels, which is not true.





-----Original Message-----
From: Al Geist [mailto:al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2009 3:25 PM
To: Latella, Vincent; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Pluralization of MSDS?

If MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheets, then there is no need to
add
the "s." At least I don't when I use the term, because it can be
singular or
plural depending on the verbiage before and after, or whether this is an
updation or re-editation of the material.

Okay, scratch everything after the last comma.......

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] On
Behalf Of Latella, Vincent
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2009 3:12 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Pluralization of MSDS?

I'd appreciate some opinions on this!



MSDSs?

MSDS's?

MSDEsses? (I kid, I kid.)

Or, do I just spell out "Material Safety Data Sheets" every time?



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References:
Pluralization of MSDS?: From: Latella, Vincent
RE: Pluralization of MSDS?: From: Al Geist
RE: Pluralization of MSDS?: From: Latella, Vincent

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