Date: Fri, 7 Jul 1995 21:41:15 -0400 From: James C Stalker Subject: Re: Faculty and Librarian > librarian's code > librarians' code > librarian code > The first means one librarian and the code belongs to the librarian. The second means two (or more) librarians and the code belongs to all of them. The third is a new development, maybe. A good analogy might be secretary. They have settled on National Secretaries Week. Plural, but not possessive. Traditionally, faculty is noncount; secretary or librarian is count. Now, how about the possessive problem: faculty code vs. faculty's code. Is the first the code for the faculty imposed by someone else and the second a code that the faculty imposed on themselves? Or do they mean the same thing (no matter where the code came from) with the first being an attributive noun (or a compound noun) and the second a possessive noun, that is different syntactic structure, same meaning? The best bet might be #3, on the grounds that librarian code in this case is to be construed as a compound noun. Forget the faculty. They aren't much help anyway.