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Re: Plurals

Posted by Paul G on December 30, 2000

In Reply to: Re: Plurals posted by ESC on December 29, 2000

: : : what is the plural of Stick-in-the-Mud ?

: : : Is it Sticks -in-the-Mud ?
: : : Or Stick-in-the-Muds ?

: : Oh no. You mean there's more than one of them?
: : Well, I'm inclined to say "what a bunch of stick-in-the-muds" because a) it sounds better, and b) the hyphens pulling the words all together to make it into a collective lump. Unlike, for example, Attornies General

: It's sisters-in-law. So I would think it is sticks-in-the-mud. But that's just an opinion.

In this case I think that the derivation of the phrase may decide it. Is 'stick' of the wooden variety, or of the getting stuck variety?