Thursday, April 28, 2011

I Disagree with the New York Times

Today's New York Times has an interesting article about Medicaid in Florida. This article shows that punctuation rules are not always set in stone.


The headline appears to be an apostrophe catastrophe, but copy editors at the Times would disagree. The Times makes a conscious decision to include periods and apostrophes in plural initialisms. I think it looks awkward and would prefer HMOs. What do you think?

9 comments:

Charles Simone said...

I agree with you.

Rick said...

Yes, I agree. H.M.O.'s looks way too confusing and awkward.

Daphne said...

I agree with you.

I have seen the NYT do this before. And I disagreed with their usage then, too :)

cynicalsynapse said...

I also agree with you.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you, but I can see where the Time is coming from.

"HMOs" looks fine, but "H.M.O.s" is kind of weird and they're obsessive about periods.

Anonymous said...

I'm an appellate attorney who handles mostly capital murder cases (for the good side), so I write a lot. That said, I wholeheartedly agree with you about not using apostrophes to pluralize acronyms.

gfe said...

I agree with you. I also think the periods are unnecessary (although not catastrophic).

PR said...

I agree, though I'm never sure what to do in cases where the entire passage is in all capital letters. I also would like to see the periods be officially declared unnecessary.

Jay said...

Commas are used in other, similar cases, too (e.g., 1980's). Although it's common, I'm with all of you, here—it's wrong.