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Do's - why the apostrophe?

(11 Posts)
Drinksforeveryone Sat 21-May-16 19:24:12

This has puzzled me for a while.

I know that adding an apostrophe isn't required when pluralising. So how does 'do's' have one?

I read a full piece in the newspaper earlier about stag do's.

Can someone please explain ?


Mirandawest Sat 21-May-16 19:26:07

People just do it. Like potato's. And CD's. I have no idea why.

I have also seen "hen doos".

issynoho Sat 21-May-16 19:26:31

It's wrong, that's what.

FuzzyOwl Sat 21-May-16 19:28:16

Just because you see it written down that way and in a newspaper, doesn't mean they are right. In this case, they aren't.

BlueEyeshadow Sat 21-May-16 19:28:30

People think "dos" looks weird, so they add an apostrophe. Doesn't make it right though.

AgentProvocateur Sat 21-May-16 19:30:09

It's technically wrong, but a lot of style guides deem it acceptable to enhance clarity and readability, particularly in headlines.

Drinksforeveryone Sat 21-May-16 19:30:46

I wondered if I was missing something. If dos was two words joined together or similar.

In that case will compose my email to The Times.

Drinksforeveryone Sat 21-May-16 19:32:38

Or perhaps not?

It looks so wrong.

DameXanaduBramble Sat 21-May-16 19:36:49

So wrong. 'Dos' looks right to me, I think I've trained my brain to read it correctly because I can't abide the apostrophe misuse.

Scarydinosaurs Sat 21-May-16 19:38:22

Hen/Stag Do's are a stupid invention anyway. I suppose it fits that they should have a stupid name.

dementedpixie Sat 21-May-16 19:39:31

I would say dos as d-aw-s though which is wrong.

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