>>411647 Taken from http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/25277/what-is-the-proper-way-to-write-the-plural-of-a-single-letter-another-apostrop
>The Chicago Manual of Style, one of the more widely used style guides in the United States, says:
>>Capital letters used as words, numerals used as nouns, and abbreviations usually form the plural by adding s. To aid comprehension, lowercase letters form the plural with an apostrophe and an s.
>So: Dikkens with two Ks, but mind your p's and q's. (And always CDs, unless you're talking about something the CD owns.) ----- >Harbrace College Handbook 6th edition section 15d
>>Use the apostrophe and s to form the plural of letters, figures, symbols, and words referred to as words. Examples Congreve seldom crossed his t's, his 7's looked like 9's, and his and's were usually &'s. Note: This apostrophe is sometimes omitted when there is no danger of ambiguity: the 1930's, or the 1930s; two B's and three C's, or two Bs and three Cs. ------
In other words, it's up to debate, but so is literally everything so just pick a side and enjoy being an impotent pedant.
>>411822 As somebody who speaks English as their third language (out of nine total) English has the highest skill ceiling of any non-constructed language. Sadly, it also has a very low skill floor meaning the riffraff often use it ineffectively. English is a gorgeous and expressive language that can be used in an abundance of beautiful ways if you have the skill to apply it. I do, nevertheless, agree that OP doesn't understand the language that they are "defending" with their image and have the utmost respect for you and your differing opinion.
>>411600 Alternatively, people who put their punctuation marks WITHIN the quotation marks. You know what I "mean," man?
This is as outdated as pressing the spacebar twice after every period. The only real reason people began to do this is because they didn't want the sensitive metal tongs on the ends of their typewriters to get damaged.
Is it logical? No.
Do we use typewriters? NO.
Unless you're doing an essay for your SAT's, or unless you're doing some sort of important research paper for your critical college professor, it's totally okay to put your punctuation outside of the "quotation marks", like this.
The Britbongs write with their punctuation marks outside of their quotation marks, and it's not like changing their writing convention blew up London. That was the fault of the "IRA".
>>411961 If I'm ending my sentence with scare quotes, I put the punctuation outside of the "quotation marks". Conversely, if I'm writing dialogue, "I end my sentences with periods," said the man. "That is, unless of course the story arranges my quotation with a 'said the man,' inside of it."
Definitely incorrect there, friend. SATs doesn't qualify for the plural single letter exception plural apostrophe exception. Never say "CD's" unless it's something the CD owns. "The CD's first track," is legal, whereas "I picked up one of the CD's on the shelf," is not.
>>411600 >purposely not capitalizing their I's So are you saying these people type out the post with it being capitalized, then think "Wait a second, let's remove the capitalization"? Why does it matter to you? If it actually somehow stopped you or other users from understanding the post, then sure, that would fall under Rule 3 because it's indecipherable trash.
i am op and i am a huge faggot I am OP, and I am a huge faggot.
In both sentences, you were entirely capable of interpreting the content of my post. In both sentences, you became aware that the person creating the post is OP, and that this person is homosexual. Your complaint is essentially pointless. Punctuation is a bigger barrier to the correct interpretation of a post anyway, but I wouldn't be mad about that either; as long as the post can be interpreted then it's fine.
>>416848 I remember when I was around 11 I found a website about "hacker culture" which today is called the jargon file, and it explained how nobody will take you seriously if you don't type properly. The explanation they gave was if you don't respect the people you're talking to enough to type properly then you can't expect them to respect you enough to respond.
I only bring it up because since I saw this written out explicitly it's something I was always consciously aware of whether I was using IRC, a forum, a game, or whatever I was doing online, and I noticed that it actually always rang true.
This isn't some autistic pet peeve of OP, it's actually how things have always been done online clearly going back to way before I ever used the internet even.
I always liked the idea that younger generations of internet users learn things like this from the older generations, but in the last decade or so there's apparently a huge disconnect there as most people are introduced to the internet through social media and learn their habbits from similar users. Let's not allow 4chan to be the same way.
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