Sky or Skies

In a post before this one, I titled it: Partly Cloudy Sky. Why am I pointing this out? Because what irks the shit out of me, is when the local and national TV, along with the radio weather forecasters, always, without a doubt, say “skies” when it should be “sky”. When we look up at the sky, we only see one sky, not two. So why do they insist on using the plural, instead of the singular word? Are they that stupid, that it is obvious that there is, and will always be one and only sky. Get with the program. That’s it.

13 thoughts on “Sky or Skies

  1. I never realised that but you’re right! They do that. Nice to know there’s someone so passionate about this. Haha.

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  2. Heh, you got me thinking, or rather googling. Here’s what the learner’s OED says as a helpful tip:
    “You usually say the sky. When sky is used with an adjective, use a… sky. You can also use the plural form skies, especially when you are thinking about the great extent of the sky”
    I see it’s mentioned on quite a few forums; there are lots of responses e.g. it’s idiomatic or “sky” comes from Old Norse “cloud” so it makes more sense to talk about skies, etc.
    Thanks for brining that up – interesting point!

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