Shouldn't runners-up be removed. It makes no sense that theres two pluralizations of one word. Atleast I can't think of an example.
Runners-up doesn't make sense to me, it's strange to put the pluralization in the middle of the hyphenated word. It would be like low-budget = lows-budgets, top-hat being tops-hat, or jump-rope being jumps-rope. It seems better to be jump-ropes, top-hats, or low-budgets.
I agree... perhaps this is very sparse localized usage of "runners-up"?
Reason the plural is the way it isEdit
The reason "runners-up" is preferred is that in compounds it is the noun that is pluralized, not the modifier; this is one of the few compounds where the noun precedes the modifier. Thus it is consistent that jump ropes, top hats, or low budgets are all correct, but runners-up is as well. —This unsigned comment was added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) at 14:47, 6 November 2008.