Proper Apostrophe Usage with Initialisms: CCS’ or CCS’s?

I work with a company whose name is frequently reduced to an initialism (acronym). Let’s say the name is "Cool Computer Systems" (CCS). I am engaged in an ongoing, bloody battle with the marketing department, wherein they insist the following apostrophe use is correct: Buy CCS’ New Product. Reading that line brings visions of crying … Read more

In baseball, is it proper to pluralize “RBI”?

In baseball, an RBI is a Run(s) batted in. So it’s already “plural”. So if I were to say, Paul Konerko had five RBIs. Is that correct, or should I say Paul Konerko had five RBI. Answer Yes, and it’s spelled without the periods, i.e. RBIs. See Wikipedia’s List of Major League Baseball Players with … Read more

Should there be a space between name initials?

In writing authors’ initials in research papers (either in the author by-line or the bibliography), should there be a space between intials? R.P. Feynman R. P. Feynman What’s the preferred way of writing it? Answer The periods in the initials stand for truncations, so you would put a space after each one. I don’t think … Read more

How do you read ISO numbers?

I came across an ISO, say ISO 12345:78, and wondered what is the way to pronunce it: For the ISO part, should I say… “ei” “es” “ou”? or “aiso”? For the 12345:78 part, should I say… “one” “two” “three” “four” “five” “colon” “seven” “eight”? or “twelve” “thirty-four” “five” “colon” “seventy-eigth”? or “twelve thousands, three hundred … Read more

How are “i.e.” and “e.g.” pronounced?

How are i.e. and e.g. pronounced? Answer i.e. stands for id est (Latin), which means “that is“. You use it to link in a deeper explanation about something. Pronounce it “eye – ee”. e.g. stands for exempli gratia (also Latin), which means “for example“. You use it to link in an example of a more … Read more

What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym / initialism?

For example, if I wanted to write the equivalent of There are many automated teller machines in this city. Would it be There are many ATMs in this city. or There are many ATM’s in this city. (could get confused with possessive form or contraction). or just There are many ATM in this city. (assuming … Read more

Is “SNS” (Social Networking Site) used by native speakers of English?

The acronym “SNS” (Social Networking Site) is made up of three English words, so it looks like it’s English. But is the acronym “SNS” (Social Networking Site) a “real” English acronym used in English by native speakers of English, or is it mainly used in English by native speakers of Japanese, and people from nearby … Read more