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What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:55 am

This has been bothering me for a while and as geeks we should figure this out once and for all.

1 Raspberry Pi - 2 Raspberry Pis?

Njoy,

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:44 am

Raspberries Pi?

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:27 am

notthetup wrote:This has been bothering me for a while and as geeks we should figure this out once and for all.

1 Raspberry Pi - 2 Raspberry Pis?

Njoy,

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2 RasPis? Makes it look a little less rude. :o
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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:36 am

One RasPi, two RasPies.

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:53 am

Pi, Tau, 0, pack, ....
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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:11 am

Pi R 2

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:25 am

Two devices known like Raspberry Pi

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:23 pm

Heater wrote:One RasPi, two RasPies.
RasPii. :D
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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:49 pm

It's Raspberry Pis. Inelegant, but effective.
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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:18 pm

Liz is totally. & utterly. mistaken. :roll:

Its simply Raspberry Pi. Singular or plural.
"Three Raspberry Pi, One Raspberry Pi, four RasPi"
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Raspberry Pis / RasPis should only be used in rare cases where the context doesn't show its plural OR you want to be absolutely clear you mean many. "Order more Raspberry Pis right away!"
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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:52 am

Diameter of a circle is 2 Pi R so obviously the Plural of Pi is Pi. So say I and so said Archimedes.

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:17 am

Actually, we don't always form plurals by adding an s.
1 mouse, 2 mice
1 moose, 2 moose
1 spy, 2 spies
so we can make up any rule we want.
I suggest:
1 raspberry pi, 2 raspberry pys

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:17 pm

I really don't like the use of Pis as it's inelegant and I always read it as to be pronounced "piss" which is unfortunate and undeserving.

Though I can't really object to Pies as a plural it doesn't feel right when used.

I would suggest Pi's based on, "dotting the I's and crossing the T's", and what I was taught some years ago.

In practice I'd probably use Pi as singular and plural and rely on context as it seems many people these days would take Pi's to be a possessive or a contraction and consider the apostrophe wrongly used.

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:28 pm

Raspberry Pies is too easily confused for a collection of baked goods. Raspberry Pis is too similar to Raspberry Piss. I therefore vote for Raspberries Pi.

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:40 pm

"Pi's" contains a grocer's apostrophe. Bad, bad, bad. Hippy is quite correct when he says it indicates the possessive.

As to the comment about "2 Pi R", that is a mathematical equation, not a form of prose, so the rule that is being implied is not applicable. Alas, Archimedes was Greek, so perhaps we shouldn't look to him as a scholar of the English language. I doubt he ever spoke, or heard it spoken during his lifetime.

As far as I am aware (and I'm not a grammar expert but I am sensitive to glaring errors like grocer's apostrophes) it is grammatically correct to say "Raspberry Pis", even if it does look inelegant. Alternatively, you can avoid this minefield altogether by saying "Raspberry Pi computers" instead.

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:41 pm

2 Raspberry Pi'
vs
1 Raspberry Pi

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:48 pm

canes!
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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:55 pm

@Mr.Dave: Sorry mate, that is the plural possessive form...

Isn't grammar fun?

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:09 pm

No, it has to be:

Pien

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:16 pm

The plural of octopus is octopi.

The plural of cactus is cacti.

Therefore, the plural of Raspberry Pi is ... wait for it ... Raspberry Pii! :lol:

Please don't ask me whether it's pronounced Pie or Pie-eye or Pee ... and we thought Raspberry Pis was distasteful! ;)

Actually, I've been referring to them in the plural as Pi boards.

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:54 pm

Liz should ask Gert what "pis" means in Dutch, maybe that should change her mind.
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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:24 am

Speaking of multiple Pis, would a network of several be a RaspberryBush? :lol:

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:13 pm

Talk has been going on about clustering multiple PI's for a long time, almost since the forum started, and the consensus seems to be to call a cluster of PI's a "bramble".

Just search for "bramble" in this forum to see what I mean.

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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:14 pm

mahjongg wrote:Talk has been going on about clustering multiple PI's for a long time, almost since the forum started, and the consensus seems to be to call a cluster of PI's a "bramble".

Just search for "bramble" in this forum to see what I mean.

Does that make each pi in a "Bramble" a "Drupelet"

And now that we have Pi's have we officially evolved from Homo Sapiens to Homo Raspians or will that be what we classify them when a Pi becomes self aware :)
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Re: What's the plural of Raspberry Pi.

Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:40 pm

I prefer just Pi

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How many Raspberry Pi do you own ?

I own 3 Pi

So that's 3 Pi in my bramble...
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