southernwriter (southernwriter) wrote in copy_editors,
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Names ending in a vowel

If I write about a family named Purdy, and I want to refer to them in plural, but not possessively, should I write:

Do you remember the Purdys?

or

Do you remember the Purdies?

I checked the web and see arguments for both. Any votes? Thanks.
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I say Purdys. Don't want to go changing their name to Purdie.
Purdys. Names are exempt from normal pluralization rules so no one gets confused as to what the singular form would be (Purdy or Purdie). The only way to pluralize them is to add just "s," or "es" if the name ends in "s."
This.
Definitely Purdys.
I concur. Surnames are never modified when pluralised in the way other nouns can be.
Thanks to one and all.