How To Pluralise Your Last Name On Christmas Cards

If you're doing this in German, I don't know what to tell you. (Photo by ArgeMarketing)

It's December, which means you are already late on your Christmas cards. If you'll be writing your end-of-year letter on behalf of yourself, your partner, and maybe your kids, start thinking about your return address.

Are you the Smith's? The Joneseseses? The Gonzalezzz? No, you are not. Check Slate's simple chart (via Reddit) to learn how to spell the plural version of your last name.

Of course, if you want to go crazy, sure, be the Joneseseses. What are your friends going to do, send the card back?

If your family doesn't all share the same last name, things get more complicated fun. You can go with "the Nguyen and Le family," make a fake hyphenate, or just list everyone's full name like you're a TV show's opening credits.

Or you can turn your names into a celebrity portmanteau, like the Rodrigautistas, or the Smicksons. My wife Rachel Fershleiser and I call ourselves the Dougleisers. Most results sound like a pharmaceutical, but people find it cute.

Just please don't put an apostrophe in there, or you'll make a lot of pedants twitch.


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