Date: Fri, 13 May 1994 08:14:38 EDT From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: genitive in names of businesses >> >Tim >> 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). > >But it is like "Eagle's." Maybe this is everywhere, since a major >dialect boundary separates Michigan and central Ill. To the horror of my native wife, older women that she knows in middle Georgia say "Kmart's" and "Walmart's." However, there seems to be no stigma attached to "J. C. Penney's" and "Belk's" for "J. C. Penney" and "Belk." Wayne Glowka Professor of English Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]