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From: Paul Burke
Subject: Re: Examples Of Common MCU's In Consumer Electronics?
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 07:44:42 +0000
Organization: Scazon Systems
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Robert Baer wrote:
> Example: in the phrase "a dog's tail", the apostrophe "s" signifies
> that the tail *belongs* to the dog.
> So i ask again *what* belongs to "MCU" or whatever else many people
> append that symbol to?
It's time to boycott the possessive apostrophe. It was only introduced
to the language by mistake anyway. Early and middle English had case
endings a bit like German, with quite a wide variety of possessive and
plural forms. Most of these fell out, with only the -s for genetive and
plural (mostly). Early modern grammarians mistook the possessive -s for
a contraction of "his", so insisted on the apostrophe. It was NEVER in
the real language, but was used in a few formal contexts where people
were trying to be more solemn than usual ("My Lord Willoughby his
> "Never end a sentence a preposition with".
> Now youse gots summpin tue gits me wit.
Another schoolmasters invention. Derived purely from the name, they
labelled words "prepositions" then said "how can you put a pre- position
after something?". Total tripe.
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