Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 08:42:46 PDT
From: Phil Thomas
Subject: Re: plural's - a new development?

>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.

This is not a 'development' as you refer to it in your header line; it's
just an example of people who don't understand the rules of the language
they're speaking. Would it be a development if I were to say "there,
their and they're" or "your and you're" or exchangable with one another?
I see PLENTY of people on the Internet using these words in whatever way
they see fit.

As for why they use the apostrophe sometimes, but not always, I can't
offer any explanation.


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