Re: Plural form of appendix

Subject: Re: Plural form of appendix
From: Kirsty -dot- Taylor -at- mincom -dot- com
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 10:32:15 +1000

Hi Debra,

I've only got the Oxford Australian dictionary handy, and it lists both
appendixes and appendices as plural for appendix, without drawing any
distinction between the organ and end-matter in a book (though the
definitions for the singular do). Have you checked a Macquarie dictionary?
That, together with the Australian Style Manual should give you an
indication of current accepted usage in Australia.

>From a purist perspective, I would prefer appendices (and indices, and
matrices), but I am seeing a tendency in Australia for these latinate
words to start using English plural forms (simple -s/-es) rather than the
latinate plural.

I would use the Australian Style Manual (and Macquarie, presuming it
supports it) to show appendixes is acceptable in modern Australian usage.

Hope this helps,
KT

Kirsty Taylor
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Date:
18/06/2009 09:46 AM
Subject:
Plural form of appendix
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I was taught (in my technical writing course) that the plural form of
appendix is appendixes. The Style manual-printed by the Australian
Commonwealth Government-also says appendixes.



I am working with a bid manager (a contractor) who is using appendices
because her husband found on the internet that appendixes means more
than one appendix (body part).



Does anyone use appendices in bid documents or other documents? Does
anyone use appendixes?



Thanks,



Debra Jones | Technical Writer | Editure

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