Don’t be so possessive

My latest article for The Week looks at the rationale people give for wanting to leave the apostrophe out of Father(’)s Day, Mother(’)s Day, etc.: the fathers, mothers, and others don’t possess the days, so we shouldn’t use the possessive. And so here we see one of the most badly misnamed features in English grammar:

Stop calling possessives ‘possessive’

 

One response to “Don’t be so possessive

  1. over and over and over again, you answer things. this is a biggie.
    Mother’s Day is about MY mother. Get your generic wishes the hell off my Facebook already. thank you.

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