LINGUIST List 8.836

Sat Jun 7 1997

Disc: Punctuation

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  1. alan harris, Re: 8.774, Disc: Punctuation

Message 1: Re: 8.774, Disc: Punctuation

Date: Thu, 29 May 1997 08:13:35 -0700 (PDT)
From: alan harris <>
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

 Alan C. Harris, Ph. D. TELNOS: main off: 818-677-2853
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