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My RBI are crossed

Discussion in 'Writers' Workshop' started by Sweetness, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. Sweetness

    Sweetness Member

    Is it "an RBI" or "a RBI?"

    An old sports editor here, when I was an intern, had us differentiate between RBI (singular) and RBIs. The current SE, thank god, demanded it be RBI in all cases.

    Current SE's reasoning is that it's run batted in or runs batted in, not runs batted ins. Fine. But then wouldn't it be "a run batted in," even if "an RBI" sounds correct?

    Effing English, I swear.
  2. spud

    spud Member

    It's "an RBI." Screw what it looks like. As long as it's said "are-bee-eye," it'll be "an RBI."
  3. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    Couldn't agree more.

    How do we feel about "an 0-for-12 slump?"
  4. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    One RBI.
    Two RBIs.

    One WMD.
    Multiple WMDs.

    A POW.
    The POWs.

    An ICBM.
    A shipment of ICBMs.

    I will not be moved.

    I'm always up for one of these! ;D

    (and yes, I know this was a different question, but still ...)

  5. jfs1000

    jfs1000 Member

    RBI is singular.

    Multiple runs batted in is... RBIs.

    "F" ESPN.
  6. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    "Johnny Dangerously ended a 0-for-12 slump with two doubles."

    It's "a 0-for-12" because it's read as zero-for-12, not O-for-12.
  7. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Maybe it's just me, but I read 0-for-12 as oh and 3-0 as zero. Not sure why.
  8. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    Ah, heck, I dunno. We had this discussion in our shop a few nights ago.
  9. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    People always say "They will be Oh-for-the season" or "He had an Oh-for tonight."

    Nobody says "He had a zero-for."

    That's what persuades me to say an 0-for-12 slump (although I never had one of those!). I'd argue people tend to read it the way they'd say it, and Oh-for is a huge part of the sports vernacular now.
  10. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    You mean ofer? :D

    I get what you're saying, JD, and before now, I had always written it as "a 0-for-12 slump." Now, according to my partner in crime Central-KY-Kid, we say it "an 0-for-12 slump."
  11. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    I've always said "an oh-for-12" slump," and always written "an 0-for-12" slump. It never occurred to me that anyone could see "0-for-12" and not read it as "oh."

    I wonder if this is a regional difference?
  12. MN Matt

    MN Matt Member

    I read those as Oh-For-Twelve and Three-Nil, but that's just me being a soccer guy.
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