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  1. #1
    Ryan Bruner
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    What is the plural of "No"?

    I wanted to refer to several different people saying, "No" (among other things). How do you pluralize "No"?

    The context is something like this:

    I heard a bunch of Nos (No's?) from the group.

    Does apostrophe s mean plural? And, if I put the word "No" in quotes, do I put the s after the quote...like this:

    I heard a bunch of "No"s from the group.

    I'm just not sure how to write this.



  2. #2
    Wonky
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    Re: What is the plural of "No"?

    This is a tough questions since no isn't normally used as a noun.

    I put "nos" in dictionary.com and got this:

    n. pl. noes (nz)
    A negative response; a denial or refusal: The proposal produced only noes.
    A negative vote or voter.

  3. #3
    CarolO
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    Re: What is the plural of "No"?

    I've always seen it written as "noes", as well.

    I don't suppose you could have the character hear a chorus of dissension?

  4. #4
    Ryan Bruner
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    Re: What is the plural of "No"?

    Carol:

    Good suggestion...I'll take it under advisement. My actual sentence would now be (after some edits):

    A cacophony of dissent flooded my ears.

    Does that sound okay?

  5. #5
    CarolO
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    Re: What is the plural of "No"?

    Ooh, cacophony. Love that word. My only concern would be how well it plays with the vocabulary of rest of the work. As long as it doesn't jump out at the reader, I'd go for it.

  6. #6
    Wonky
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    Re: What is the plural of "No"?

    Yeah, "noes" is kind of weird.

  7. #7
    Pundit
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    Re: What is the plural of "No"?

    Nos or no's. Chicago is veering away from using apostrophes, unless they add clarity. In this case I think it does, so I'd go with no's.

    [begin pathetic choked-up Sally Struthers voice] Remember, for just pennies a day, you too can own a style guide...[/end voice]


    P

  8. #8
    Pundit
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    Re: What is the plural of "No"?

    Correction: my dictionary DOES have "noes" in it. Boy, that looks weird. So do whatever.

    P

  9. #9
    Bob Kellogg
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    The noes know no noisy nose

    A real stumper. So where are we? I probably avoid using the word.

    Bob K.

  10. #10
    Gordon Mc Robbie
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    Re: The noes know no noisy nose


    If the "Ayes" have it, why not the "Noes?"

    Gordon

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