Your Obedient Serpent (athelind) wrote,
Your Obedient Serpent
athelind

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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