Date: Thu, 12 May 1994 21:35:45 -0500
From: mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU
Subject: Re: genitive in names of businesses
On Thu, 12 May 1994, Larry Horn wrote:
Funny, I've never heard "Kmart's", even though it's precisely of the same form
as "Caldor('s)". Maybe the '-mart' morpheme is just TOO non-personal.
Incidentally, the main alternative to Caldor('s) is Bradlees (no apostrophe),
which may be one factor in the shift. We don't have Walmart here yet, but it
would strike me as equally weird to have "Walmart's". On the other hand, we
do have Walgreens, but that COULD be a name (cf. Woolworths).
Anybody remember whether the Walgreen sign has an "s" on the end? I
haven't seen one since the Nixon administration.