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What Is the Plural of "Cul-de-Sac"?

"Culs-de-sac" or "cul-de-sacs"?

By
Mignon Fogarty,
January 4, 2011

 

plural of cul-de-sacElizabeth L. asked, "What is the plural of 'cul-de-sac'?"

"Cul-de-sac" comes from French that literally means "bottom of the bag" or "bottom of the sack."

Some dictionaries list both "culs-de-sac" and "cul-de-sacs" as acceptable plurals, but when a dictionary lists only one, it is "culs-de-sac"—making "culs-de-sac" the safer choice.

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