RE: Question on acronym plural

Subject: RE: Question on acronym plural
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -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>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 13:48:30 -0700

Heather Anderson wrote:

> 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',

Ack! No greengrocer's apostrophe, please! Making something plural never -- never! -- involves adding an apostrophe.

English forms the plural of nouns ending in S (among others) by adding ES. So RFS becomes RFSes. Just the way it sounds. :-)

But I'd be inclined to go with Chris's suggestion of spelling it out.

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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