Re: USAGE: Verse, was: Re: Thorn vs Eth
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, July 13, 2002, 5:14|
Roger Mills scripsit:
> Curiously, newsreaders for the past 15 years or so have been referring to
> such cases as "United States _vee_ Enron"-- to save a syllable's worth of
> breath, I guess. Prior to that, it was "versus", and IIRC, was abbreviated
> "vs." in court papers.
Lawyers have always written "v." and said "versus"; those who say "vee"
are either outsiders or clueless newbies. The abbreviation "vs." has
no currency in legal use but is standard for all other uses.
As for your newsreaders, I suspect they don't know that "v." is
an abbreviation for "versus".
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