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Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 27 02:12:58 UTC 2009

Just on morphological grounds, I wouldn't expect *"Hell's Angelser" any more
than I would expect the disyllable-based *"Boy Scoutser". The name of the
group is transparently the plural of the term for an individual member, and
adding a suffix to singulate it just seems excessive. (Sitting back and
waiting for the expected counterexamples.)

Mark Mandel

On Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 5:57 PM, <RonButters at> wrote:

> 3. It seems to work best with one- and two-syllable (nonacronymic) words
> that do not end in [r], but not three- or more: *HELL'S ANGELSER, no:

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