Date: Thu, 12 May 1994 10:05:09 -0800
From: Scott Schwenter schwen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Subject: Re: genitive in names of businesses
In central Illinois, when business have singular name there is a
tendency to render the name in the genitive. Hence:
Eagle Supermarket ------- Eagle's
John Deere & Co. ------- Deere's
It doesnt seem remarkable when the business ends in a name to bewgin
with, e.g. Kroger--- Kroger's. But "Eagle's" -- wel, its not the
ZIs this everywhere, or is a regionalism?
Also, in Michigan, many people say 'Kmart's' or 'Walmart's'. But this seems
to be somewhat different since the person who owns the business isn't named
Kmart or Walmart (cf. Kroger).