[Ads-l] "Packer(s) game"

Joe Salmons jsalmons at WISC.EDU
Sun Nov 1 23:10:55 UTC 2015


Right, prescriptively. But the question was about speech, I think, not writing and I just followed what the tweeters had used.


> On Nov 1, 2015, at 4:57 PM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
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> Subject:      Re: "Packer(s) game"
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> Wouldn't the correct formulation be -s' ?=C2=A0 As in "the Yankees' game ..=
> .".
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> Joel
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>      From: Joe Salmons <jsalmons at WISC.EDU>
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU=20
> Sent: Sunday, November 1, 2015 4:54 PM
> Subject: [ADS-L] "Packer(s) game"
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> A set of folks here in Wisconsin (mostly journalists) are tweeting up a sto=
> rm about the -s on team names before the word =E2=80=98game=E2=80=99. So, =
> =E2=80=98Badger game=E2=80=99 and =E2=80=98Packer game=E2=80=99 seem fine w=
> ithout an -s (hear them all the time here) and somebody reasonably suggests=
> the same for =E2=80=98(Forty) Niner game=E2=80=99 and =E2=80=98Raider game=
> =E2=80=99, but =E2=80=98Ram game=E2=80=99 and =E2=80=98Bear game=E2=80=99 s=
> eem very odd. I was wondering if it might be the -er suffixes but =E2=80=98=
> Steeler game=E2=80=99 sounds slight off and =E2=80=98Boiler(maker) game=E2=
> =80=99 really weird. One person suggests occupation names but Viking is bas=
> ically the same =E2=80=98occupation=E2=80=99 as Raider and 'Viking game=E2=
> =80=99 seems weird. =E2=80=98Yankee game=E2=80=99 seems to occur.
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> With =E2=80=98coach=E2=80=99 and other words instead of =E2=80=98game=E2=80=
> =99 I can imagine more flexibility =E2=80=94 =E2=80=98former Bear coach Mik=
> e Ditka=E2=80=99, =E2=80=98Niner quarterback Colin Kaepernick=E2=80=99.=20
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> Anybody got a story about these?=20
> 
> Thanks. And go Packers!
> 
> Joe
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