Apostrophes and plurals

It’s (=It is) about time I address a very serious issue: The use of the apostrophe in making a plural. The New York Times does this with acronyms and years, e.g., “DVD’s” and “1980’s,” instead of what I consider correct, “DVDs” and “1980s.” (I suppose the punctuation does go before the closing quotation mark, and parenthesis, for that matter.) Chicago Manual of Style agrees with me on this, as does the Modern Language Association (MLA) and Fowler’s Modern English Usage, 2nd Ed. (entry on “M.P.”, plural is “M.P.s”.) OK…I agree with them. As discussed in a Mediantics article, the apostrophe is tricky.


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