Q: "It's" as the possessive?

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue Aug 11 22:02:19 UTC 2009

On Aug 11, 2009, at 2:45 PM, i wrote:

   ... you should have MWDEU and you
> should consult it.
> ... this one time -- and never again -- i will type in items from
> bibliography.

i have decided that i will *never again* reply to a query by typing in
material from MWDEU.  if you're interested in questions of english
usage and the history of prescriptions on particular points, you
should have the book.  if you're not willing to do this, but want me
to transcribe things for you, the hell with you.

i've spent an *enormous* amount of time and effort in responding to
ADS-L queries. i'm now pretty much at the end of my tether.  i suspect
that i'll soon follow Roger Shuy, Dennis Preston, and others in just
giving up on taking part of this discussion.


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