[Ads-l] Most have probably forgotten about this...

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Mar 27 13:15:36 UTC 2016

I've always assumed it was the influence of the legal usage, so [Kramer vs. Kramer] (pronounced "versus" vs. [Roe v. Wade, The People v. O. J. Simpson] (pronounced "vee") both make sense.  Of course, that turns "Batman v Superman" into a pending legal case or oft-cited precedent.  Maybe that would have made for a better movie, and saved a lot of money on the special effects.


> On Mar 27, 2016, at 12:17 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 26, 2016 at 8:00 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Does anybody remember when "versus" was usu. "vs."?
> I do. But "Roe v. Wade" was the beginning of the end.
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