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I've been wondering about that for years.
Usually, we don't use capital letters here:
My pc is very new.
There won't be a new dvd version of Terminator.
However, what about plural?
My friend has two pcs.
I own more than 10 dvds.
It looks a bit strange.
I would either use PCs/DVDs or pc's/dvd's, although I really dislike the latter.
In German we always use capital letters, like "PCs" or "DVDs", but English is not German
Last edited by emsr2d2; 21-Jun-2010 at 17:18. Reason: Typo
Oh yes, I forgot this although I used many initials/acronyms in my a/an thread
Some initialisms are written in small letters, for example:
many computer terms - edu, com, html, etc.
many scientific terms - km, mpg, kg.
grammatical terms - e.g., etc.
So, the question remains: Do we say, "You've used too many 'etc.', 'etcs', 'etc's' ... "? Pluralising an upper case initialism simply requires an 's', but adding an 's' to a lower case term could simply extend it by one letter, and that's why some people still use an apostrophe for such terms.
Regarding the km, kg:
Why should we add an s at all?
Its weight is 20 kg.
London is 1.094 km away from Berlin.
I would never add an s (KGs, kgs, kg's - in my opinion).
anacronyms (which I've just learnt means acronyms assimilated into the language such that people are generally no longer aware of what the initial letters stand for) - scuba, radar, laser
'nimby'/'nimbyism' and 'dinky', which often appear without any capitalised letters (at least in BrEng), could perhaps be added to that list even though people are still generally aware of what they stand for.
Also, 'asap' is an abbreviation which I often see in lower case these days even though people rarely pronounce it as the acronymic 'ass-ap'.