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

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

By
Mignon Fogarty
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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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About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.