Date: Thu, 12 May 1994 14:37:21 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: genitive in names of businesses
Funny you should mention this trend. In fact yesterday I stopped at our local
branch of the major East Coast discount store Caldor with my 12-year-old son
who wondered why if the store is named Caldor (as it is, in big letters on the
outside and little ones on the wagons, the receipts, etc.), the commercials
always refer to it as "Caldor's". I suggested it was to honor the founder,
Mr. Caldor, but he wasn't buying--"Old Man Caldor's?" he asked dismissively.
Caldor-- Caldor's is, in other words, precisely the same mechanism as
Eagle-- Eagle's, whatever that might be.