[Ads-l] hypercorrect pluralization of attributives

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 30 07:35:42 UTC 2015

On Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 8:03 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> CNN is talking about "the Houthis rebels."
> I've recently heard "the movies industry."
> Plus (I hope you're sitting down) "the aircrafts industry."

Reminds me of "three-feet-long stick," "ten-yards-long path,"
"eight-hours-long shift," etc.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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