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26 March 2012 @ 06:13 am
Grammar PSA: It could be verse. BUT IT'S NOT.  
This is one that's been popping up with increasing and irritating regularity, so I'd just like to state for the record:



"Versus"
is not a plural,
and its singular is not
"Verse."



This is more of a verbal error than a written one, thus far, largely because in writing, everyone tends to use "vs." -- but it's one I keep hearing more and more often, from people who should know better. "Pirates vs. Ninja" gets pronounced as "Pirates verse Ninja".

[Let's see what Your Obedient Serpent's Grammar Guide says about this: ]Let's see what Your Obedient Serpent's Grammar Guide says about this:

Yes, both "Verse" and "Versus" can be abbreviated as "vs.", but they are not interchangeable!

Stop it at once. Where did you learn this?



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KehzaFox: pleasedkfops on March 26th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Obviously you've just uncovered a niche concept for combat poetry!

Limerick versus Haiku!

Verses versus verses!

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!
Helvetica 'Foofers' Bold: WTF?foofers on March 26th, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
"Pirates vs. Ninja" gets pronounced as "Pirates verse Ninja".

Seriously? If I heard somebody do that I'd probably punch them in the face.

And this is coming from someone who flunked high school English.
Your Obedient Serpent: canned hateathelind on March 26th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
I would either hurt my hand or my car radio.
Reverend Raffertynormanrafferty on March 26th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
One suspects auto-complete is at work.
Your Obedient Serpentathelind on March 26th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
... if I kept seeing it in writing, maybe, but verbally?
Araquan Skytraceraraquan on March 26th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Were they usually talking fast enough that they just carelessly dropped the syllable?
Your Obedient Serpent: kill everybodyathelind on March 26th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Generally speaking, they enunciate it fairly clearly.
Tserisatailypo on March 27th, 2012 09:01 am (UTC)
Whoa, this is one mistake I've never heard. Thank god.