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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #90 on: May 16, 2007, 02:33:36 pm »
It's one of those situations where something in speech eventually made it's way into written language. When you say the plural "Jesus," you say "Jesus-es," which is spelt "Jesus's."

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #91 on: May 16, 2007, 04:39:12 pm »
It's one of those situations where something in speech eventually made it's way into written language. When you say the plural "Jesus," you say "Jesus-es," which is spelt "Jesus's."

No you most certainly do not spell it that way.

"Jesuses" is the plural. Not "Jesus's". "Something belonging to Jesus" is always "Jesus'", which is pronounced Jesus.

The only possible way I can think of in which you might write "Jesus's" would be when meaning "Jesuses", but using an apostrophe to signal that you're omitting the "e". But that would make you look stupid, because there's no obvious reason why you'd want to do that and it looks like you can't punctuate.
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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #92 on: May 16, 2007, 05:43:11 pm »
When in doubt consult the oracle "Homer Simpson".

"I've got an R.V. we can use Flanders's."

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #93 on: May 16, 2007, 07:16:22 pm »
I've been brought up to think that Cobra is right. Since the man's name is Flanders, it would be correct to say Flanders' or Flanders's.

I was also brought up to pronounce it both "Flanderses" and "Flanders." Is this right?

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #94 on: May 16, 2007, 10:59:53 pm »
Here is the hint I'm citing Homer Simpson as my source.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #95 on: May 18, 2007, 01:24:41 am »
Just do it the Dutch way: change the way you spell certain words every couple of years. After a while, nobody knows how to spell some words anymore, and nobody cares, except the Dutch teacher.

Then hold a national spelling contest.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #96 on: May 18, 2007, 12:32:04 pm »
My name is Lucas, and things that are mine are Lucas', which is pronounced "Lucases".

Problem solved.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #97 on: May 18, 2007, 01:13:28 pm »
My name is Lucas, and things that are mine are Lucas', which is pronounced "Lucases".

Problem solved.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #98 on: May 18, 2007, 01:24:00 pm »
My name is Lucas, and things that are mine are Lucas', which is pronounced "Lucases".

Problem solved.

That's the way I've always done it.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #99 on: May 18, 2007, 05:37:49 pm »
My name is Lucas, and things that are mine are Lucas', which is pronounced "Lucases".

Problem solved.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #100 on: May 18, 2007, 07:39:34 pm »
Alright, so now a question for Americans... Does this seem pretentious?

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #101 on: May 18, 2007, 07:46:27 pm »
No, it's just stupid.

You could be doing much more worthwhile things with your time.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #102 on: May 20, 2007, 06:30:57 am »
what, rather than using a system we have used for years?
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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #103 on: May 20, 2007, 07:20:03 am »
What are you talking about? Are you talking about Metric vs. U.S. customary units?

Changing over to Metric is a little less extreme than what he's doing...

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #104 on: May 20, 2007, 07:22:24 am »
I wouldn't say its less extreme, but it has much more of a point. Imperial is a horrible system when dealing with anything other than buying fruit or DIY.

Theres a reason scientists use nanometers instead of some ridiculous fraction of an inch.
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