Wednesday’s woes & words

Awoke this morning about 5:30. Cats creating!
should say: cats come and go via smallish kitchen window above the sink. There’s an old drawer unit underneath outside to facilitate their entry.
The innocent ginger kit was in the living room with a white (well, grey) dove pinned down. Released dove and it flew away quite happily. Must have been quite a sight: nekkid 67 year old man at french window throwing a bird in the air. Noah reincarnated.

Did I mention my microwave’s gone splaa!? Now, to the cordon bleugh chefs out there, this may not be a big deal but it’s yonks since I used anything but my oven and microwave. Can’t afford to buy a new one (just bought a new laptop when old faithful also went splaa!) so it looks as if I’ll have to get out the saucepans and start learning. How do you heat one portion of beans (gotta be Heinz) which only just covers the bottom of my smallest pan? I reuse old plastic M&S single treacle pudding containers as portion pots in the microwave.

Midnight Wednesday: little ginger kit’s just brought in a loudly squeaking bird. No idea what species. Took ten minutes to catch cat, extract bird from jaws and release bird outdoors.
Addendum: Got up this morning to find dead bird on kitchen floor: juvenile thrush. Bad ginger kit!



I have no idea why I wrote the below. Possibly because I found a lot of e.g.: “There are fawn’s in the park.” on a particular antipodean’s blog (no names , no packdrill).


Words


The Grocer’s (or should it be Grocers’?) apostrophe.

A common sight on shop windows is something after the fashion of:
  Pear’s £1:50/lb  
This is obviously wrong, plurals take just an “s”, with no apostrophe. It is possible that these signs are intentionally malformed to attract attention.

Something I have noticed several times lately is the use of an apostrophe in verbs: “He wander’s to and fro“. This makes me shudder.

An apostrophe has two main uses in English. It either indicates that the following word is “owned” (possessive apostrophe) or that a letter (or letter) has been omitted (elision apostrophe).

The position of the possessive apostrophe is decided by the word it is part of.
It

  • either indicates that the following word is “owned” (possessive apostrophe)
  • or that a letter (or letter) has been omitted (elision apostrophe).
  1. If there’s one of whatever (grocer) then the apostrophe is followed by an “s”:
    Grocer’s assistant.”;
  2. if there’s more than one and the word already ends with an “s”, then the apostrophe comes at the end:
    “Grocers’ assistants”.

Occasionally a singular word ends in “s”. There are two possible possessive apostrophes here:

  • Dickens’ pen
  • Dickens’s pen

Usage here is generally down to personal preference.


Some words are possessive without using an apostrophe:
Your/You’re

  1. Your is a possessive:
    “That is your hat.”.
  2. You’re is short for “You are”:
    You’re going to lose that hat.”
  3. Together:
    You’re going to lose your hat.

Where I come from they’re pronounced differently:
Your = yore
You’re = yoor
Roughly

Its/It’s

  1. Its is a possessive:
    The dog lost its bone
  2. It’s is short for “It is” or “It has”:
    It’s lost a bone.”
  3. Together:
    It’s lost its bone and it’s looking for it.

Compare the above with the similar but not so confusable: His/He’s

  1. His is a possessive:
    The dog lost his bone
  2. He’s is short for “He is” or “He has”:
    He’s lost a bone.”
  3. Together:
    He’s lost his bone and he’s looking for it.

When writing replace (in imagination) Your, you’re or its, it’s with his, if it still makes the same sense then the no apostrophe version is probably right.


Lose/Loose
Lose” is an irregular verb (lose – lost – lost).
Loose” is adjective meaning the opposite of ‘tight’.

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