Proper names with apostrophes?

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Mon Jan 2 23:11:57 UTC 2012

If we're not limited to possessive apostrophes, there are plenty of names with decorative ones, like De'Andre.


On Jan 2, 2012, at 5:18 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:

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> I don't know how common this is.  But there's a basketball player for =
> St. John's University (NYC) named God'sgift Achiuwa (as he appears in =
> box scores) or God's Gift Achiuwa (as he appears on the web, e.g. in =
> ran&id=3D6480215).  No doubt not the only Christian (I assume) name with =
> an apostrophe in it but I can't think of others I've encountered.   =
> (Maybe it's something about the Big East Conference; a basketball player =
> for rival Providence College a few years ago was named God Shammgod.  =
> Too bad he never got the chance to go man-on-man against God'sgift.)  =20=
> LH
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