Re: Possessive form of name ending with apostrophe?

Subject: Re: Possessive form of name ending with apostrophe?
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:12:40 -0800

Most of those look like made-up names, so you'd have to ask the
parents who made them up. Could be the possessive should be written
with an interrobang or Prince's glyph.

First day of school a teacher friend had a name on her class list,
"Ja'mes." My friend says, "James?" A girl says, "It's Jamazz."

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 12:36 PM, Jay L Gordon <jaylgordon -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Folks, before the original question gets lost, below are some names that *actually do* end in an apostrophe, and they are all names of students *at my university* (not some far-flung, made-up place). And the original question was: how do you show the possessive for these names (aside from rewriting them). I know thereâs no absolute rule for this or anything else, but what would people suggest? I do think the one suggestion (simply add an âsâ) makes sense, but of course thatâs not consistent with possessive apostrophe rules.
>
> In part I just thought this was an interesting question. To disbelieve such names exist is ok, I guess, but they do exist. My guess is that perhaps they are supposed to be *spoken* with an accented vowel at the end (notice they all end in a vowel, mostly âeâ), but they are written with an apostrophe (which is what may well be on the studentsâ birth certificates).
>
> Achanteâ
> Alontaâ
> Chaiâ
> DaVaunteâ
> DeOnteâ
> KeâAndreâ
> La Chilleâ
> RouxJeâ
> Shardeâ
> Steffonteâ
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Possessive form of name ending with apostrophe?: From: Jay L Gordon
RE: Possessive form of name ending with apostrophe?: From: Robart, Kay
Re: Possessive form of name ending with apostrophe?: From: Shawn
Re: Possessive form of name ending with apostrophe?: From: Shawn
Re: Possessive form of name ending with apostrophe?: From: Robert Lauriston
Re: Possessive form of name ending with apostrophe?: From: Jay L Gordon

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