"his"

Subject: "his"
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <mark -at- MEMCO -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 1996 11:33:28 +0200

I read somewhere that the idea that "'s" is a
contraction of "his" is a myth. A couple of
centuries ago, people thought it looked nicely
impressive and formal to do the back-formation,
like "Dr. Dan Dentist, his office," but they
were going backward to a form that in fact had
never existed.

Unless, of course, the idea that it's
a myth is a myth. But the possessive "s"
exist in German too, and in German "his"
is "sein".

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- Mark L. Levinson - mark -at- memco -dot- co -dot- il - Tel Aviv -

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