Subject: Re: CVS commit: sharesrc
To: John Nemeth <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greywolf <email@example.com>
Date: 07/26/2000 10:37:28
On Tue, 25 Jul 2000, John Nemeth wrote:
# On Nov 3, 9:59pm, John Hawkinson wrote:
# } Module Name: sharesrc
# } Committed By: jhawk
# } Date: Wed Jul 19 16:52:17 UTC 2000
# } Modified Files:
# } sharesrc/share/man/man5: ifaliases.5
# } Log Message:
# } aliases => alias's
# } apostrophe rule verification from the New York Times Manual of Style
# and Usage
Grammatical Rules regarding apostrophes, or lack thereof.
1. Proper possessives end in "'s", unless the final letter of the
possessor is an s, in which case the possessive has only the
apostrophe, i.e. "Chris'", not "Chris's". Pronounciation is a
2. General possessive pronouns NEVER end in "'s", i.e., his, hers, yours,
its ("its" is the big one).
3. PLURAL REFERENCES DO NOT HAVE APOSTROPHES UNLESS REFERRING,
SPECIFICALLY, TO AN APOSTROPHE, IN QUOTED SHORTHAND, i.e. "a bunch
This is not quoted from any authoritative source save my own learnings
throughout my school days. Take it as you will, but be mindful that
people who display inadequate study of grammar in a finished product
(i.e., they didn't bother to inquire after someone else to PROOFREAD
the thing!) are likely to be taken rather less seriously than they
would be otherwise.
FWIW, I will volunteer proofreading services to anyone who is not sure
that they have done it completely correctly. I know this sounds totally
pedantic, but exposure to more erudite types (via the Renaissance Faires,
the computer world, and one's parents!) has just made me rather sensitive
to these issues.
"Windows/NT - From the people who brought you EDLIN".