LINGUIST List 8.836

Sat Jun 7 1997

Disc: Punctuation

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Message 1: Re: 8.774, Disc: Punctuation

Date: Thu, 29 May 1997 08:13:35 -0700 (PDT)
From: alan harris <vcspc005email.csun.edu>
Subject: Re: 8.774, Disc: Punctuation

In the San Fernando Valley, on Chatsworth Blvd at Balboa, is a sign
with "Salad's Galore." I have often mused about what a 'galore' might
be and why 'salad' owned it!

The error of inserting the apostrophe for a plural (nonpossessive) is
seemingly endemic amongst college students in Southern California,
too. Even though I give them fact sheets warning against such a
usage, I get the error quite regularly on term papers--especially with
"longer" or less frequently used plurals, i.e., "boys" or "names"
comes out all right but "linguist's" (PL.) or "dyslexic's" do not fare
so well. I would submit that it is not only endemic but epidemic!
However, it is a part and parcel of orthographic change in this part
of the twentieth century and probably rates right up there with
"alright, "alot," and "nitelite." cheers, ach

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