[permaculture] Activist web update
kaivido at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 14 09:49:36 EDT 2006
email's? <raises eyebrow>
I put that in as a joke. Thanks for your comments.
--- jedd <jedd at progsoc.org> wrote:
> On Monday 14 August 2006 10:04 pm, Kai Vido wrote:
> ] The book catalogue looks good. I will, however, mention a pet
> peeve of
> ] mine: When writing the plural form of CD or DVD, as with all
> ] there should be no apostrophe. I am not sure where the notion came
> ] that the plural form of a noun should be possessive, but it has
> ] the English language, particularly on the web. Sorry for the
> ] nature of my recent email's :-)
> email's? <raises eyebrow>
> It's always a dangerous pursuit -- that of discussing spelling,
> syntax, semantics, semiotics and so on. I won't touch on the
> correct usage of colons and misplaced capitalisations following
> from colons. Well, touch, but not dwell.
> It's like asking people to not top-post, and to trim unnecessary
> from their postings, keeping in mind the 1:n ratio of
> We all have out pet peeves.
> But to your question, I gather it's still a matter of taste, and the
> historical trends differ substantially on the usage of acronyms
> and abbreviations across the various ponds. Distinguishing between
> plurals and possessives is important, verily, but the subject is
> somewhat complicated in the IT world (in particular) due to the
> trend of using many lower-case acronyms and abbreviations, with the
> consequence of requiring a more obvious way of denoting the trailing
> s as *not* being part of the abbreviation proper.
> Of course, this doesn't excuse all those people that like to put an
> apostrophe near the end of any word that terminates with an s, just
> in case. (Photo's and its' are two of the more regular examples.)
> Btw, can I plant my eggplants / aubergines the same way I'd plant
> a tomato -- ie, by stripping most of the leaves off the thing and
> planting it up to its 'neck', as it were? This is one of those
> topics that's inherently tricky to find information on.
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