General Writing and Grammar Help/The splits or a split

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How would you describe the act of doing a "split" or "the splits"?   I am trying to settle an argument and am wondering which way is grammatically correct?

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Dear Mike:

*** I just thought of something:  If the cheerleader is leaping into the air, holding in each hand a dish containing a divided banana, ice cream, whipped cream, and a cherry, then
should would be holding her SPLITS while doing her SPLIT.

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How would you describe the act of doing a "split" or "the splits"?   I am trying to settle an argument and am wondering which way is grammatically correct?

*** If you mean the activity that cheerleaders and acrobats do, the word is SPLIT.  "The act of lowering oneself to the floor or leaping into the air with legs extended at right angles to the trunk." [Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary]

I don't know which side of the argument you are on, but Webster doesn't give a plural form.

I suppose you could say, "She is doing her SPLITS," but that sounds kind of indecent to my ears.  I think that a split is NOT part of a series.  It is by itself and should remain singular.

Ted Nesbitt

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