Thursday, March 31, 2005

"s" apostrophe

I listened to 21 student oral arguments in the last three days, and heard only two uses of "blatant." Still, I'm a bit tired.

Is this correct apostrophe use?

The Boston Red Sox' manager (from the Austin American-Statesman)

I think not, just as I think these are wrong:

Wayne Schiess' book
The Schiess' house
The class' grades

I would prefer--

Wayne Schiess's book
The Schiesses' house
The class's grades (one class)
The classes' grades (multiple classes)
The Boston Red Sox's Manager

Has the rule changed, or is it just widespread incorrect practice?

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