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NYC XYZ

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Many, many thanks.

Just seems more logical!

Though sometimes it's hard to decide...can't think of an example right
now, but I know there have been times, rare as they are, when using an
apostrophe would have been clearer somehow....


bryanska wrote:
> >I always use this in my writing, and as this is technical specifications there
> >are lots of abbreviations and acrynoms, such as UPC's and EAN's.

>
> According to the industry standard tome for technical writers, St.
> Martin's Handbook of Technical Writing (fifth edition),
>
> "Form the plural of an acronym or initialism by adding an s. Do not use
> an apostrophe:
>
> MIRVs, CRTs"
 
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NYC XYZ

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NYC XYZ wrote:
> Many, many thanks.
>
> Just seems more logical!
>
> Though sometimes it's hard to decide...can't think of an example right
> now, but I know there have been times, rare as they are, when using an
> apostrophe would have been clearer somehow....



Um, I remember now...like when you want to write the phrase "catching
some z's" (as in, catching up on sleep -- zzzzzz...), you can't really
write "catching some zs," you almost need the apostrophe, actually, to
help make it clear....
 
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Peter Clinch

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NYC XYZ wrote:

> Um, I remember now...like when you want to write the phrase "catching
> some z's" (as in, catching up on sleep -- zzzzzz...), you can't really
> write "catching some zs," you almost need the apostrophe, actually, to
> help make it clear....


My built-in (by my English teachers) dislike of misusing apostrophes has
me doing things like Zs, or 'z's (that's quote zed unquote ess, no
apostrophe!) in that sort of case, though I have no idea how correct or
otherwise that'd be.

Pete.
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