How do you feel about adding that apostrophe to dos, even though it’s technically wrong and only there to make things look better?
I mean, if you add an apostrophe to do’s, to be consistent, you’d need to an extra apostrophe to don’ts so that it looks like:
do’s and don’t’s
That looks weird. And on this everyone seems to agree. But the grammar and style experts disagree about that extra apostrophe.
The AP Stylebook says do’s and don’ts. We happened to have a copy here, so I looked it up.
The Chicago Manual of Style recommends dos and don’ts (I don’t have a copy to check and you need an online subscription to access).
The rule across the board is whichever style you prefer, stick with it. If you need more info, here’s a post from vocabulary.com about the dos and don’ts on do’s and don’ts.
Which do you prefer? I prefer dos and don’ts. It seems more pure to me. And by the way, is it correct to say more pure or purer? I’ll tackle that on a different day!
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