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#158781 04/22/06 11:26 PM
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BlackBerry, the brand name for the communication device is a proper noun. Proper nouns, when plural, take an S even if they finish in Y.

Blackberry, when used to name the fruit, is a common noun. Nouns that finish in Y finish in IES when in the plural form, unless the Y is preceeded by a vowel.

The easest way to visualize this is to imagine having two people in your family called Wendy. When you write this down, you'd write, "There are two Wendys in our family" not "two Wendies"

It only becomes confusing when companies use common nouns as brand names, turning them into proper nouns. We know the word as a common noun and want to treat it that way and the correct way of pluralizing it grates at us.

#158782 04/23/06 12:45 AM
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We did have two Wendy's in our family, and a blind cousin could tell them apart by their perfume. Said it was a case of Wendy scent exposure.


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FWIW, googling "blackberries" does give a link to the RIM web site in the top ten.

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> googling "blackberries

yeahbut it's standard marketing advice to consider common mistaken spellings when choosing your keywords. When you're advertising Pepsi for example, you'll want to include such simple errors as "Coke"...

#158785 04/24/06 11:04 PM
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Oooo, yer in trouble now Mister!!! Coke is never an error - t'is that brown gook Pepsi that's the error.


#158786 04/25/06 07:12 AM
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Ah, sugary beverages - they're a popular topic around here, huh. Read this recently:

School soft drink ban

#158787 04/26/06 02:50 AM
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Quote:

BlackBerry, the brand name for the communication device is a proper noun. Proper nouns, when plural, take an S even if they finish in Y.

Blackberry, when used to name the fruit, is a common noun. Nouns that finish in Y finish in IES when in the plural form, unless the Y is preceeded by a vowel.

The easest way to visualize this is to imagine having two people in your family called Wendy. When you write this down, you'd write, "There are two Wendys in our family" not "two Wendies"

It only becomes confusing when companies use common nouns as brand names, turning them into proper nouns. We know the word as a common noun and want to treat it that way and the correct way of pluralizing it grates at us.




Works for me.

#158788 04/26/06 11:43 AM
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> Works for me.

Yes. Good explanation thanks, BelM.

#158789 04/26/06 05:52 PM
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One BlackBerry.
Two BlackBerrys.
Three BlackBerrys.
Jam.

#158790 04/26/06 10:02 PM
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One Lego.
Two.....?

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