"greengrocer's apostrophe" (was Re: Cam(pb)ell)

Gregory {Greg} Downing gd2 at IS2.NYU.EDU
Thu Aug 3 16:29:09 UTC 2000

At 12:03 PM 8/3/2000 -0400, you wrote:
>* Academic honesty: maybe the wording was something different, like "MOTEL
>-- The Campbell's" [with greengrocer's apostrophe], but the name and the
>picture were there.
>   Mark A. Mandel

Interesting discussion of Cam(pb)ell's. But the above reminds me of a
question I've had in mind for awhile, and this is as good a time as any to
ask it:

What's the commonest term for "greengrocer's apostrophe" here in the US
("greengrocer being, in my experience anyway, a UK term not often seen in
reference to the US)? Or have language scholars in the US simply adopted
what would seem to be a UK-coined and UK-oriented term?

Greg Downing, at greg.downing at nyu.edu or gd2 at is2.nyu.edu

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