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February 07, 2007

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Erin

Only one more week, YAY!

J. L. Bell

Now that the many-headed hydra is about to actually give out the awards, I'm wondering what the singular form is. People have written about "the Cybils" and "the Cybils Awards." So is the singular a "Cybil" or a "Cybils Award" or a "Cybil Award"?

Anne

Ah, a copyeditor after my own heart. Since it's an acronym (however sloppy) for Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards, you would win a singular award.

So you'd say "I won a Cybil!"

The "A" for "Award" would be implied. See, it's like the silent "e" on the end of words, except it's also invisible.

When referring to the contest as a whole, I don't mind its being called the "Cybils Awards" since it isn't a household name like the Oscars or the Emmies. Eventually, however, I'd hope to see "Awards" dropped as redundant, like saying "ATM Machine."

I just made all this up off the top of my head, so I hope it makes sense.

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