Make Your Editor Cry: Halo (Awkward Plural)

Make Your Editor Cry: Halo (Awkward Plural)

BLUF: (Bottom Line Up Front)
The plural of halo is halos or rarely haloes.

The definition of halo: the aura of glory, veneration, or sentiment surrounding an idealized person or thing

The singular of halo is halo. The plural of halo is halos or less commonly haloes. You can use either, just be consistent throughout the entire text.

Halos are most often depicted as golden, yellow, white, or red when flames are depicted.
Plain round haloes are typically used to signify saints.

NOTE: The word HALO is also a specific kind of acronym called an initialism that stands for High Altitude Low Opening. Most paratroopers jump using a static line that automatically and instantly deploys their parachutes at between 800 and 1000 feet above the ground. However, specially trained soldiers can perform HALO operations which describes military paratroopers who jump out of the aircraft at a very high altitude, such as 30 or 40 thousand feet, and then free fall down to within a few thousand or even a few hundred feet above the earth before deploying their parachutes. In this use case, the the singular is always HALO and the plural is always HALOs (High Altitude Low Openings) with that capitalization and lowercase spelling observed.

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