Grammar Pedants...

What's the plural of BMX?


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Andy_R

Hard of hearing..I said Herd of Herring..oh FFS..
Location
County Durham
Neither, it's BMX bikes
 
BMXs - and no, repeat, no apostrophe to denote the plural - unless you are a greengrocer.

Neither construct is very elegant, so I would be tempted to write around it.

"Claud's shed is full of rusty bikes, including two BMX bikes."
 

deptfordmarmoset

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What say I? I say the same for either spelling but the written /e/ is pretty much unnecessary as far as I'm concerned. It's already a collection of initials so there's little need to get concerned about what happens with ordinary words. Besides, we pronounce it /iz/ so worrying about sticking an e in before the s seems a bit senseless. It's not a particularly phonetic spelling system we use.
 

winjim

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BMXs - and no, repeat, no apostrophe to denote the plural - unless you are a greengrocer.

Neither construct is very elegant, so I would be tempted to write around it.

"Claud's shed is full of rusty bikes, including two BMX bikes."
No apostrophe there, just epistrophe.
 

deptfordmarmoset

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No apostrophe there, just epistrophe.
And the taking the pistrophe goes to.....
 
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zimzum42

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Given that the X is not used as if in an acronym, it's a device to represent the word 'cross', whose plural is 'crosses', so perhaps it's BMXes?
 

KneesUp

Guru
BMXs - and no, repeat, no apostrophe to denote the plural - unless you are a greengrocer.

Neither construct is very elegant, so I would be tempted to write around it.

"Claud's shed is full of rusty bikes, including two BMX bikes."
Isn't that tautology, or something, given as BMX stands for 'bicycle motor cross' except with an X for cross, because that's like way cooler? Like saying 'PIN number'?

"Claud's shed is full of rusty bikes. Amongst them is a BMX. Oh, and look, next to that wheelbarrow there is another BMX - that makes two."
 
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