Subject: Re: plurals vs. apostrophes
To: None <Karl.Dietz@triplan.com>
From: John Kohl <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 07/26/2000 07:46:25
>>>>> "Karl" == Karl Dietz <Karl.Dietz@triplan.com> writes:
Karl> BTW: What sources state that a plural is formed by appending "'s" to
Karl> some word? IMHO they are completely wrong in any english
I don't know for sure where people learn this, but I wish whomever is
teaching it would *STOP*. Apostrophes have no place in plural English nouns.
I heard one possible explanation for the origin of it: the "grocer's plural."
The story is that grocers used to write up specials/notes on small
boards at their food stands. Space being at a premium, they used
abbreviations using apostrophes. So "tomatoes" might be written
Too bad this gets misinterpreted as a spelling of plural nouns.
==John Kohl <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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