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RE: What's made you smile today? - 1/5/2013 1:36:00 PM   
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I can't help but feel that foxes's PR machines are working exceptionally well, and that "cunning as a fox" is perhaps less accurate a simile than we have all been led to believe.


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? indeed.


Well, now I'm questioning myself. How would you write about something which belonged to more than one fox? The plural of fox is foxes. Is it just " Foxes' "? I know that if a word ends with an "s" you add an apostrophe and an "s" for the plural. But, yeah. Shit.




That's what I would go for, aye. If something belongs to a plural, and the plural in question ends in S, then as far as I'm aware you just stick an apostrophe on the end. My mental shortcut for remembering this is trashy ITV drama Footballers' Wives - Foxes' PR machines. It's also my mental shortcut for remembering not to watch trashy ITV dramas.


It was the "e" you put in to pluralise fox which foxed me.



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RE: What's made you smile today? - 1/5/2013 6:02:48 PM   
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RE: What's made you smile today? - 1/5/2013 7:23:34 PM   
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RE: What's made you smile today? - 1/5/2013 7:34:50 PM   
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Finding out from the new Pacific Rim poster that there's a sequence set on the Tyne. Though I hope that's the Gateshead side they're smashing fuck out of.

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 1/5/2013 9:32:49 PM   
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RE: What's made you smile today? - 1/5/2013 9:40:02 PM   
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After two fairly torturous months, it's been 99.9% confirmed that I won't have to relocate with work and I will now instead be working from home. THANK. FUCK.

FUCK YOU SALFORD. SALFORD SUCK MY DICK.



Hurrah! (Although it's quite a nice tram ride out there - and I liked the design of the Lowry).


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RE: What's made you smile today? - 1/5/2013 9:44:50 PM   
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After two fairly torturous months, it's been 99.9% confirmed that I won't have to relocate with work and I will now instead be working from home. THANK. FUCK.

FUCK YOU SALFORD. SALFORD SUCK MY DICK.





Well done, mate. You deserve some good news.

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 2/5/2013 7:11:34 AM   
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After two fairly torturous months, it's been 99.9% confirmed that I won't have to relocate with work and I will now SUCK MY DICK.


That's one way to celebrate I guess.


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RE: What's made you smile today? - 2/5/2013 9:12:32 AM   
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RE: What's made you smile today? - 2/5/2013 9:39:44 AM   
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After two fairly torturous months, it's been 99.9% confirmed that I won't have to relocate with work and I will now instead be working from home. THANK. FUCK.


Awesome news! Why would anyone want to go to Salford?

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 2/5/2013 6:44:31 PM   
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After two fairly torturous months, it's been 99.9% confirmed that I won't have to relocate with work and I will now instead be working from home. THANK. FUCK.


Awesome news! Why would anyone want to go to Salford?


Isn't the place a little stabby for most peoples tastes?

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 2/5/2013 6:47:01 PM   
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I can't help but feel that foxes's PR machines are working exceptionally well, and that "cunning as a fox" is perhaps less accurate a simile than we have all been led to believe.


?


? indeed.


Well, now I'm questioning myself. How would you write about something which belonged to more than one fox? The plural of fox is foxes. Is it just " Foxes' "? I know that if a word ends with an "s" you add an apostrophe and an "s" for the plural. But, yeah. Shit.




That's what I would go for, aye. If something belongs to a plural, and the plural in question ends in S, then as far as I'm aware you just stick an apostrophe on the end. My mental shortcut for remembering this is trashy ITV drama Footballers' Wives - Foxes' PR machines. It's also my mental shortcut for remembering not to watch trashy ITV dramas.


Ah, but that's only half the story! According to the trainer on a speechwriting course I once took, the ...s' rule only applies in some cases. The basic rule of thumb he taught was that if it sounds like it should have an extra s after the apostrophe, then it gets one. So it's "foxes' " for the possessive plural of fox, but "Jesus's" for something belonging to or pertaining to some Mexican bloke.

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 2/5/2013 6:56:18 PM   
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I can't help but feel that foxes's PR machines are working exceptionally well, and that "cunning as a fox" is perhaps less accurate a simile than we have all been led to believe.


?


? indeed.


Well, now I'm questioning myself. How would you write about something which belonged to more than one fox? The plural of fox is foxes. Is it just " Foxes' "? I know that if a word ends with an "s" you add an apostrophe and an "s" for the plural. But, yeah. Shit.




That's what I would go for, aye. If something belongs to a plural, and the plural in question ends in S, then as far as I'm aware you just stick an apostrophe on the end. My mental shortcut for remembering this is trashy ITV drama Footballers' Wives - Foxes' PR machines. It's also my mental shortcut for remembering not to watch trashy ITV dramas.


Ah, but that's only half the story! According to the trainer on a speechwriting course I once took, the ...s' rule only applies in some cases. The basic rule of thumb he taught was that if it sounds like it should have an extra s after the apostrophe, then it gets one. So it's "foxes' " for the possessive plural of fox, but "Jesus's" for something belonging to or pertaining to some Mexican bloke.


I thought it was that if the word ended in an s, then it gets an apostrophe s, but if it was a plural, then it just gets the apostrophe. Foxes confused me because of that extra e making it its own word rather than just a simple s on the end for a plural. So Bridge Jones's Diary, because Jones is not a plural. But "I stole the bees' honey" not "I stole the bees's honey" because bees is the plural.

I think.

Gah.

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 2/5/2013 7:27:12 PM   
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What Sharky said seems to make sense, although there are exceptions to the 'if it sounds right it gets an extra 's' rule too (and also Homer's Bridget Jones example) such as St James' Park, which has been the subject of much debate by scholarly types for years. It's always pronounced St James's Park, but it's never been written that way. Apparently the debate came to a somewhat good-natured end when someone (fuck knows who, there's a whole Wikipedia page dedicated to it if anyone finds this boring shit as fascinating as I do) declared that in theory either way is equally valid.
I can see why that extra 'e' in 'foxes' caused a bit of confusion, mind, but isn't it there because of the 's' sound in the letter x? I may be wrong but isn't it only words that end in 's' which require an 'e' when pluralised (eg, bus /buses, glass/glasses, etc)? By that rationale it also applies to words ending in 'x' because of the 's' sound. I think.


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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 9:30:02 AM   
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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 9:38:30 AM   
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http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/apostro.asp

Rule 5
Do not use an apostrophe for the plural of a name.

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 9:52:49 AM   
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But rule 5 isn't for posession - rule 24 have the examples that seem to suggest a preference and link it to plurals and the 's' sound. So both Sharky and Homer are right!

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 10:03:10 AM   
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Everybody's right. As I was taught in my psychology of language section of my degree "language is dynamic". Txtspk fr evybdy

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 10:04:10 AM   
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Homer'll ban you for that right there. And we'll hand him the ban hammer

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 10:08:15 AM   
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I actually never use text speak seriously. Even on text messages I use the full version of words. I hate text speak and the manner that one persons version could mean one thing whilst another persons could mean something else. I once saw a written statement submitted to a court which was entirely in text speak, the only full words were the swear words.

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 10:10:30 AM   
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Lots to smile about today!

It's Friday, it's a Bank Holiday so no work on Monday and the sun is shiney and warm

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 10:17:08 AM   
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I'm off to see Iron Man 3 in about an hour so will be shutting myself away from that nasty sunshine. My evolution to Morlock continues Eloi beware.

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 10:21:57 AM   
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I actually never use text speak seriously. Even on text messages I use the full version of words. I hate text speak and the manner that one persons version could mean one thing whilst another persons could mean something else. I once saw a written statement submitted to a court which was entirely in text speak, the only full words were the swear words.




That's just so depressing.

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 10:41:40 AM   
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Ruddy hell guys.


I know! Where's Larry of Arabia disappeared off to? He started this mess!

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 11:13:22 AM   
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Ruddy hell guys.


I know! Where's Larry of Arabia disappeared off to? He started this mess!




I corrected homer's spelling in another thread too, did you see??

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 2:01:38 PM   
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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 2:41:45 PM   
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I noticed a grammatical error in some of the annotations attached to the childrens' (again plural children, but also belonging to ) nursery school paintings. They were obviously done by one of the teachers or assistants, but I've been wrestling with the idea of pointing this out, not wanting to come across as that parent. However I had no problem voicing my objections on Facebook when another parent posted something from their child's school, where they had a list of wall mounted subjects with 'Math' instead of 'Maths'.

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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 4:15:18 PM   
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they had a list of wall mounted subjects with 'Math' instead of 'Maths'.


As my former flatmate would state "WE ARE NOT IN THE COLONIES!"

It took me a while to work out what he was talking about.


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RE: What's made you smile today? - 3/5/2013 7:18:38 PM   
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RE: What's made you smile today? - 4/5/2013 12:15:25 PM   
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