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

Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Fri Aug 4 16:40:31 UTC 2000

Gregory {Greg} Downing <gd2 at IS2.NYU.EDU> writes:

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?

My experience and personal usage history support your latter guess.

-- Mark

   Mark A. Mandel : Dragon Systems, a Lernout & Hauspie company
 Mark_Mandel at dragonsys.com : Sr. Linguist & Mgr. of Acoustic Data
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                     (speaking for myself)

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