# gauss-law or gausss-law tag?

Apparently, it's Gauss's law, not (the) Gauss Law. I'm relying on Wikipedia here (and elsewhere), which sticks adamantly to the former. Please correct me in a comment if I'm wrong.

I think that to be consistent with all other such tags, e.g., , , , , , it should be tagged by , not the current .

It looks a bit funny though. :)

Please downvote () or upvote () if you have an opinion.

• Or would Gauss' law also be correct English? – Řídící Jun 3 '13 at 19:54
• Wikipedia accepts Gauss' law and redirects it to Gauss's law. That makes me inclined to delete the question. Please advise. – Řídící Jun 3 '13 at 20:00
• Gausss looks really strange :-D – Dilaton Jun 3 '13 at 20:10
• Perhaps we should say "Gauß's" instead... – user10851 Jun 4 '13 at 2:49
• But yes, @Gugg, I'm 99% sure the rule in English is as follows: "Always add 's in writing, unless the final s was there as part of pluralization." For pronunciation of the final es syllable, I believe it depends on whether there is 1 syllable total or more than 1; one case demands pronouncing the newly-added s, the other leaves it optional, and I can never remember which is which. I studied this at a young age trying to make my own first name possessive. – user10851 Jun 4 '13 at 2:53
• And now I think about it, there are exceptions to these rules for Biblical names, but, great though he may have been, Gauss was not a Biblical persona. – user10851 Jun 4 '13 at 2:56
• I concur with Chris here, in English one uses s-apostrophe whenever one wants to possessiveify a word ending in an s sound. – Manishearth Jun 4 '13 at 3:51
• IMO "gauss-law" is good here because it is also known as "the gauss law". The serpentine gausss looks silly :p – Manishearth Jun 4 '13 at 3:53
• What about gauss-apostrophe-s-law? Oops! Too many characters.! – Abhimanyu Pallavi Sudhir Jun 28 '13 at 10:22