Make Your Editor Cry: Blood (Awkward Plural)
BLUF: (Bottom Line Up Front)
The plural of blood is blood. Blood is a non-countable noun. It has no plural.
blood: the fluid that circulates in the heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins of a living organism that carries nourishment and oxygen to and brings waste products away
NOTE: The term bloods is sometimes used as jargon in the medical profession to shorten “blood test samples” or “blood works” but it does not constitute a plural.
The singular of blood is blood. The plural of blood is blood. Bloods is not the plural of blood. Bloods is only acceptable in a medical context and then only as jargon.
A lot of blood, sweat, and tears have gone into this career of mine. (Kevin Hart)
Athletics is in my blood. (Haile Gebrselassie)
Gregg Bridgeman is the Editor-in-Chief at Olivia Kimbrell Press. He is husband to best-selling Christian author Hallee Bridgeman and parent to three. He continues to proudly serve in the US Armed Forces and has done so in either an active or reserve capacity for more than twenty years as an airborne and air assault qualified paratrooper, earning a Bronze Star for his service. Most importantly, he was ordained in October of 2001 after surrendering his life to Christ decades earlier.