Fwd: greengrocer's apostrophe in action
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Aug 5 16:05:50 UTC 2005
> >In case anyone thought this was a dying practice, or wanted some
>>real-life examples, here's a spam I just received. Note in
>>particular the greeting sentence.
>>--- begin forwarded text
>>To: laurence.horn at yale.edu
>>From: Gunner <Trent at wyom.net>
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>>Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2005 00:29:13 -0700
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>>--- end forwarded text
>How come they missed companie's?
Right. Actually, as we've discussed, these are more likely to pop up
after vowels--not so much "companie's" but "taco's", "radio's", and
such. I guess writers who use them after consonant's take it one
step further. I suspect someone's done a corpus study of these
somewhere; if not, someone probably should.
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