Shays's Rebellion

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Che's Rebellion? Que pasa?

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From: Joel S. Berson <Berson at ATT.NET>
Sent: Thu, 1 Dec 2005 14:16:22 -0500
Subject: Re: Shays's Rebellion

I have always assumed that (e.g.) those who pronounce it shayz will
spell it Shays' (although that leaves some ambiguity in transcribing
utterances to writing, I suppose) -- and those who pronounces it
shayz-ez will spell it Shays's.


At 12/1/2005 11:45 AM, you wrote:
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>Poster: FRITZ JUENGLING <juengling_fritz at SALKEIZ.K12.OR.US>
>Subject: Re: Shays's Rebellion
>I'm with you on the pronunciation--I've never heard as anything
>other than Shays. I think, though, that maybe it should be Shayzez, or?
>This reminds me of something that I hear quite frequently--
>Jesus'(s) church pronounced as Jesus church. To me it should be
>Jesus-ez church.
> >>> write at SCN.ORG 11/30/05 05:48PM >>>
>I teach middle school, and my students are just starting on the
>Constitution. Reading the Constitution is a big challenge for them, and
>I'm always impressed with the questions they ask.
>Today it was about Shays's Rebellion, an event that most history books
>discuss as one of the reasons the country moved from the Articles of
>Confederation to the Constitution. Most books spell it Shays's. The
>leader was Daniel Shays. I have always heard it pronounced Shays not
>We had a good discussion about this, but I could not explain why what I
>think should either be spelled Shays' or pronounced Shay-es isn't. Any

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