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Quick question - is it Raspberry Pis or Raspberry Pi's?

(15 Posts)
kelda Thu 10-Oct-13 17:12:13

Which is the correct plural? smile

kelda Thu 10-Oct-13 17:40:40


PlentyOfPubeGardens Thu 10-Oct-13 17:43:35

Raspberries Pi wink

(haven't a clue really)

Habbibu Thu 10-Oct-13 17:43:39

Pis, technically, as there's no missing letter, but it's not a typical noun ending for English, which is why it looks odd.

prism Thu 10-Oct-13 17:49:37

Pis. Just as it is "CDs", "1920s", "CFDs" and "Ones". And isn't "chip's", "tomato's" or "toilet's".

DSM Thu 10-Oct-13 17:55:21

What the hell is a raspberry pi?

kelda Thu 10-Oct-13 18:50:28

Thank you.

I was confused because in dutch, the plural for many words is 's.

FriskyMare Thu 10-Oct-13 18:56:47

Raspberry pies confused grin

Orangeanddemons Thu 10-Oct-13 19:01:48

What is raspberry pis? Red wee? The equivalent of jus? Please enlighten me

throckenholt Thu 10-Oct-13 19:04:06

raspberry pi is a very small very cheap computer (about £30) which you can plug into a screen and mouse and keyboard. The company aims to make computing so cheap everyone can have as many as they like.

kelda Thu 10-Oct-13 19:37:32

grin at red wee.

I hadn't heard of a raspberry pi either until yesterday when my mum suggested she buy one for the children.

WMittens Sun 13-Oct-13 19:17:14



Arguably that is one correct option - the apostrophe is in place of a missing letter.

I think FriskyMare's option is the best to adopt.

prism Sun 13-Oct-13 19:31:22

Yes, they're all potentially correct as possessives, but tend not to be when on a sandwich board outside a shop.

How about n∏?

[hoping that will make it through the Mumsnet character encoding machine]

WMittens Sun 13-Oct-13 20:07:44

No, I'm saying it's potentially correct as a plural.

prism Sun 13-Oct-13 20:21:58

I'm not sure I agree with you about that. Apostrophes do indeed indicate abbreviation, but it would be perverse to use one in the case of a plural just to leave out one letter, when that could make the word look like a possessive. I don't know of any example of it being done except by mistake.

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