Nit-picking - Andrew-T
Why is it that when dictionaries give standard plurals such as galaxies, legacies, etc., whenever such words gain a capital letter and become attached to a vehicle, logic is abandoned and we find Galaxys and Legacys, which to me looks clumsy. Sometimes the greengrocer's apostrophe emerges as in Cavalier's; to say nothing of the examples in foreign languages, which are harder to call, I must admit. I agree that things like Xsara present problems (which are easily solved). Any suggestions?
Nit-picking - Mark (RLBS)
Unavoidable with a proper noun, I think. Two people called Andy do not become, I don't think, Andies.

I also find the difference between American and English when talking about cars grates a little bit.

English "This is the Escort from Ford" "The Escort is quiet economic"

American "This is Escort from Ford" "Escort is quite economic"

Nit-picking - Obsolete
Or even:

"This is the Escort from Ford" "The Escort is quiet economic al "

(Dives for cover.)
Nit-picking - Focus {P}
And in some regions:

"This is the Escort from Fords"
Nit-picking - Obsolete
Or even:

"This is the Escort from Ford" "The Escort is qui te economic al "

Hohum.
Nit-picking - Altea Ego
this is absolute rubbish, the Escort from Ford or wherever was NEVER econimic(al)
Nit-picking - Dynamic Dave
this is absolute rubbish, the Escort from Ford or wherever was
NEVER econimic(al)


You're right. The Escort was purely comical !!
Nit-picking - Mark (RLBS)
Just you wait Leif, you'll make an error somewhere, and I'll be waiting !!
Nit-picking - Baskerville
Mark is right. Proper nouns are considered special cases for lexicographical purposes and tend not to be covered by standard dictionaries. Style guides (Chicago, MLA, etc.) usually advise treating them as regular plurals, so they are left unchanged when they are pluralized other than the addition of an "s," or "es." For example there are many galaxies in the universe (nonspecific category, so irregular plural), but many Galaxys (proper noun, specific category, regular plural) in the repairshop. To add more confusion proper nouns ending in an unpronounced "s," "z," "x," or "e" are left uninflected (no additional letters) in the plural. As in: "I saw three Fiat Ulysse broken down today."

Chris
Nit-picking - Mark (RLBS)
>>Mark is right.

Not a phrase you hear around here all that often !!
Nit-picking - Clanger
Quite ;-)


Darcy.

 

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