Shays's Rebellion (follow-up #2)

Barnhart barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Thu Dec 1 19:07:42 UTC 2005

Further looking about found ...

Shays' ....... 173
Shays's .....   23


Shays' .....  198
Shays's ...  282

American Heritage Word Frequency Book

Shays'  ..... 2 (at the 8th grade level)
Shays's ... 0

In the DA there are 4 quotes: two for Shay's; one for Shais; one for
The form in the Thorndike-Barnhart High School Dictionary (c. 1973) is

Is it true that words ending in -s when made possessive used to be more
commonly -s's?  I seem to remember my 5th grade teacher saying something
along those lines back in the 1950's.


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