November 25, 2008

No holiday wishes from the Miller's

As I was browsing templates for personalized holiday cards on, I came across this helpful (or condescending, you decide) note:
Apostrophes typically are used to show possession. To pluralize surnames, add -s or -es at the end of the name for most cases. (e.g., The Martins or The Joneses).

In other words: Please don't embarrass us by sending out cards with printed on the back that say "Merry Christmas from the Miller's."

(Of course, it is rather the exception than the rule that the apostrophe in English indicates possession. Usually, it indicates that a letter (or more) has been deleted, as in "hasn't" or "I'm" or "we've".)

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