Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 00:52:21 -0400
From: Bryan Gick
Subject: plural's - a new development?

While I'm at it...

I've been noticing something for the last few months that I can't ignore
anymore: Lots of people seem to be using the orthographic apostrophe-s
plural only after (orthographic?) vowels! A text will typically have lots
and lots of standard -s plurals with one or two -'s ones tossed in. So
far, all and only those words ending in a, o and i get -'s, and I haven't
found any final u's or syllabic (non-silent) e's from people who do this.

Examples - Here's the grand total of -'s plurals I've seen since I started
noting them (omitting proper nouns, abbreviations and acronyms):

1. In an insect repellent ad (
-'s: mosquito's (x3), patio's
-s: bugs, insects, lotions, sprays, humans, animals, waves, decks, doors,
wholesalers, distributors.

2. Web page for a renovations company (
-'s: patio's
-s: renovations, carports (x2), enclosures (x2), covers, rooms.

3. Local air service webpage
-'s: jacuzzi's
-s: languages, places, amenities, rooms, pilots, floats, adventures,
years, maps, rafts, canoes, stoves, bags, trips (x3), rates.

4. Personal email from a 13-year-old family member:
-'s: extra's
-s: guys (x2), rides

5. Department store poster ad (women's "Sunsations" bathing suits):
-'s: bra's
-s: contours, ruffles, colors, prints, stripes...[there were more but I
stopped transcribing].

So, am I losing my mind?