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June 20, 2006

Tapes measure

Why is the plural of "tape measure" not "tapes measure"? The plural is "tape measures", but in this kind of compound word, the noun ("tape") comes before the adjective ("measure"). This is similar to attorney general or notary public (which both pluralize the noun ("attorneys general", "notaries public").

Anyway, I think it should be tapes measure, but a quick google tells me it'll never be so.


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