Resurrection: Usborne's Classic Books On Ghosts To Be Re-Published

Yithian

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I'm very pleased about this and will obviously buy both when they're published, but my desire for as close as possible a copy of the original is competing with my disgust at the apostrophe in UFO's.

(To be honest, that's my least favourite of the three titles despite some good illustrations).
 

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there is a case for apostrophising plural acronyms
There is, but UFO is not an acronym.

I'd still like to hear this case, mind you.

Even those (respected) sources that use them (I do not), only use them when the initialism has full-stops/periods after each initial: U.F.O.'s (or U.F.O.'S in a headline) but UFOs.

Usborne's book has no stops. And, indeed, they corrected their mistake in later (otherwise uglier) editions:

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I think I remember how to send a Tweet...

She will probably think I'm a dickhead, but I may give it a whirl.
I don't think she accepts messages but you can tag her, and she does read the tweets and responds (she did to me). I think she'll listen and be receptive. She doesn't come across as dismissive or hostile. Try it!
 
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I have that book at work.

Swan is a descriptivist. He thinks that if enough people make an error, it isn't really an error.

My alternative for He writes his b's as d's. is He writes his 'b's as 'd's., using inverted commas instead of apostrophes.

The only sympathy I have is when you are writing initialisms/acronyms in ALL CAPS for headlines:

MULTIPLE UFOs SEEN OVER LONDON

That looks incongruous.
 
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