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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". -- One art / There is John Cowan <jcowan@...> No less / No more All things / To do With sparks / Galore -- Douglas Hofstadter