James' been

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Thu May 29 03:05:11 UTC 2008

Just spotted on Facebook, in generated text in the "Where I've been"

James' been to 20% of the world.

Leaving aside the geographical inaccuracy of the statement, I find it
interesting that they've taken the 's contraction for "has" and
applied the deletion-after-s rule to it as though it were the
possessive -- and in a place where many would say the deletion
wouldn't be appropriate in the possessive either, since my name is
not a plural.

Just another datum for the heap, anyway.

James Harbeck.

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