I/Os is flagged.

I/O's doesn't seem to follow the rules/guidelines I found elsewhere on this site - but seems best...and doesn't get flagged.


Okay, here's my second attempt: If I have a computer program which does 1000 input/output operations per minute...number of blocks of data read from disk, let's say...what's the "proper" way to "pluralize" and shorten that statement?

The program does 1000 I/Os per second.

The program does 1000 I/O's per second.

Something else?

And, it's obviously cumbersome to write it out, or add the word "operations" (which makes it "clunky", and is not the way technical types speak to each other). We say "I/O's" per hour, or week, or whatever...so how would that get written, such as in a report where it may appear many times?

Interestingly, neither of those is "flagged" this time...explaining what I meant there, when I was typing in the original question on this site, using "I/Os" was "flagged" - highlighted; the spell checker/whatever highlighted it as if it were wrong...but "I/O's" was not "flagged".

Interesting dichotomy there.

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  • Flagged by whom? – Hot Licks May 29 at 12:08
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    The apostrophe is for a possessive (or a missing letter/syllable), rarely used for a plural. I suggest "I/O operations are flagged." – Weather Vane May 29 at 12:10
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    Note that a "flag" in, say, Windows Word's "rule" checker only means "Perhaps you should check this." It's nowhere near precise. – Hot Licks May 30 at 16:51
  • I edited it...how will the "hold" get cleared? – Ron May 30 at 20:04
  • What's an I/O? That doesn't make sense to me. – tchrist May 30 at 20:46

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