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    Default appendixes vs. appendices

    appendixes or appendices?

    Wise men say both are correct, but which one is more popular/natural/widespread?

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    Default Re: appendixes vs. appendices

    I really liked this author's point of view on this (and a number of other things):
    Appendixes or appendices – and who cares anyway?

    You can follow his (her?) link to another forum if you wish.

    I'll summarize: appendixes has been used for a few hundred years and no one will misunderstand what you mean, but there are few mistaken prescriptivists who insist that only appendices is correct and you will cause them to (mistakenly) think you've made an error if you use the perfectly correct appendixes. So choose the one you want, but be aware that there are idiots out there who will try to "correct" you.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: appendixes vs. appendices

    Many thanks for the link (I'll definitely have a look) and for your reply :)

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    Default Re: appendixes vs. appendices

    Interesting. I don't think I've ever seen "appendixes". As far as I'm concerned :

    appendix --> appendices
    index --> indices
    codex --> codices

    When I proofread, I would correct appendixes.

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    Default Re: appendixes vs. appendices

    Dear Katz,

    As you stated, both are correct. As for which is more widespread or popular, here is my perspective from observation of American English for the last decades:

    "Appendixes" used to be absolutely incorrect. I would always correct "appendixes" to "appendices." Then, it seems that so many people made the error, that it started to become acceptable to the general public. I noticed it started to appear in academic and other published works. Both are now listed as correct in modern dictionaries.

    I tend to think/feel that "appendices" is "more correct," but I think that's because I'm older and that's the way I was taught in high school. However, English is an ever-changing language and it seems to me that "appendixes" is becoming more popular.

    When I have to choose one in my writing or in editing, I usually review other similar publications and try to be consistent with their choices.

    Best,
    Debra
    Last edited by Barb_D; 13-Jul-2010 at 16:46.

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    Default Re: appendixes vs. appendices

    Yet if you'd read the info in the link, you'd see that even in the UK, appendixes was listed as a plural for appendix as far back as the 1800s.

    Claims that it was always considered incorrect are simply our mistaken belief in an untruth.

    I even remember learning that appendixes for the human part and appendices for the sections in the back of the book -- also apparently not based on any logic or truthful foundation.

    Nonetheless, usage (eventually) determines correctness. If 99% of the educated people continue to rebel against appendixes, then eventually only appendices will be right.

    http://www.richardbowen.com/appendix...ppendixes.html -- Well, according to the Oxford English dictionary BOTH appendices and appendixes can be used as the plural of appendix.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: appendixes vs. appendices

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Interesting. I don't think I've ever seen "appendixes". As far as I'm concerned :

    appendix --> appendices
    index --> indices
    codex --> codices

    When I proofread, I would correct appendixes.
    Leave the 'xes' alone in all of them!

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    Default Re: appendixes vs. appendices

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    Leave the 'xes' alone in all of them!
    Well, as a result of this thread, I'm happy to accept that both are OK, but I will certainly continue to convert the endings to "-ces", in the same way that I'll use "necropoleis" as the plural of "necropolis" (not "necropolises" or "necropoli"!).

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    Default Re: appendixes vs. appendices

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I will certainly continue to convert the endings to "-ces", in the same way that I'll use "necropoleis" as the plural of "necropolis" (not "necropolises" or "necropoli"!).
    You must proofread a lot more interesting stuff than I do! Any spare work going?

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