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Gervase BS: Victoriaaaaaar (121* d) RE: BS: Victoriaaaaaar 01 Dec 09

The Army are or Chelsea are, rather than IS, grates on American ears, but not objectionable. I think the OED supports this usage.
The use of the plural for collective nouns is an unfortunate journalistic convention that used to be confined solely to the sports pages. There it used to be commonplace, perhaps tolerated because of the absurd sense of superiority that existed among the news and comment writers, who looked down their noses at the ignorant 'sweaties' filling the back pages with unimportant stuff for the lower orders.
Unfortunately standards in journalism have fallen greatly in recent years, and now you'll find the pluralisation of collectives everywhere. It grates on English ears too!

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