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

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kelda · 10/10/2013 17:12

Which is the correct plural? Smile

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kelda · 10/10/2013 17:40


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PlentyOfPubeGardens · 10/10/2013 17:43

Raspberries Pi Wink

(haven't a clue really)

Habbibu · 10/10/2013 17:43

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 · 10/10/2013 17:49

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

DSM · 10/10/2013 17:55

What the hell is a raspberry pi?

kelda · 10/10/2013 18:50

Thank you.

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

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FriskyMare · 10/10/2013 18:56

Raspberry pies Confused Grin

Orangeanddemons · 10/10/2013 19:01

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

throckenholt · 10/10/2013 19:04

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 · 10/10/2013 19:37

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.

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WMittens · 13/10/2013 19:17



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 · 13/10/2013 19:31

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 · 13/10/2013 20:07

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

prism · 13/10/2013 20:21

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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