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Subject: Re: Plurals for abbreviations? Date: 3/12/2014 4:08 PM
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Usually we go by the pronunciation .... we would go by how the capitalized letters are pronounced - an "S" ends in an s, so the plural should have "ses". Similar to one mess - many messes; one OS, many OSes.

I would defer here to the Chicago Manual of Style. They stress legibility rather than pronunciation: As an aid to legibility (compare “two as in llama” with “two a’s in llama”), the plural of single lowercase letters is formed by adding an apostrophe before the s ... Capital letters, however, do not normally require an apostrophe in the plural.

So with the capital letters OS, I would make the plural OSs. Similarly, I would write abc's and ABCs. (It's true that OSs will have an extra syllable in speech, but we don't write it that way. We get a phenomenon here that is like "The Boss's nickname": "Boss's" has two syllables in speech, but we don't write it with "es").

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