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). > > Larry > Anybody remember whether the Walgreen sign has an "s" on the end? I haven't seen one since the Nixon administration.