Make Your Editor Cry: Glass (Awkward Plural)

Make Your Editor Cry: Glass (Awkward Plural)

BLUF: (Bottom Line Up Front)
When referring to the material, glass is a mass noun.

When referring to a drinking container, the plural is glasses.

The definition of glass: any of various amorphous materials formed from a melt by cooling to rigidity without crystallization

When referring to the material, glass is a mass noun.

Multi—story buildings are frequently constructed with walls made almost entirely of glass.
In early 17th century England, glass became common in the windows of ordinary homes.

The definition of glass: a drinking container without foot or stem and originally with pointed or convex base

When referring to a drinking container, the plural of glass is glasses.

While we may not need eight glasses a day, there are plenty of reasons to drink water.
My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn’t need glasses. She drinks right out of the bottle. (Henny Youngman)

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