RE: Question on acronym plural

Subject: RE: Question on acronym plural
From: Marguerite Krupp <mkrupp128 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Heather Anderson <Heather -dot- Anderson -at- cubrc -dot- org>, Filipp Sapienza <urbann_animals -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- TECHWR-L -dot- COM" <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- TECHWR-L -dot- COM>, "Tim J. Slager" <TSlager -at- isdcorporation -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 12:53:14 -0700 (PDT)

No apostrophe in either case, as far as I'm concerned. It's not a possessive, and there's nothing left out.
 
Just use the lowercase s.
 
Think of the group of letters in an acronym or initialism as a word, of sorts. To form the plural of most words, you simply add an s. Same here.
 
My $0.02
Marguerite


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From: Tim J. Slager <TSlager -at- isdcorporation -dot- com>
Subject: RE: Question on acronym plural
To: "Heather Anderson" <Heather -dot- Anderson -at- cubrc -dot- org>, "Filipp Sapienza" <urbann_animals -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- TECHWR-L -dot- COM" <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- TECHWR-L -dot- COM>
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 3:16 PM


RFS's

Sorry I don't have Strunk & White handy, but I tend to follow these rules:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_plural#Plurals_of_symbols_and_initialisms

This gets fairly complicated, though, since it distinguishes acronyms from other initialisms. Do not use an apostrophe with acronyms (initialisms pronounced as words), and use an apostrophe for initialisms that are spelled out when spoken.

I'll be interested to see what others prefer.

tims

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Subject: Question on acronym plural

Request for Service = RFS

When talking about multiple, do I leave it as RFS or use RFS' ?

Ie, certain RFS were used to create.... or Using a meaningful sample of RFS',


I really should know this, but my brain is dying due to the paper I'm working on.

~ Heather

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