You really can’t put it just anywhere

You know, when you want to form the plural of a word, you generally just add an S. At the end.
At the end of the word that should be plural, not at the end of the word after it. Makes sense, no? Apparently not to the writer for the Yahoo! front page:

See, the writer is trying to tell you that the names have a meaning. There are multiple names and each has a meaning. Not one name with many meanings.

This is one of those stupid mistakes you find on Yahoo! that doesn’t deserve the space it takes to explain it.

About these ads

2 Responses to “You really can’t put it just anywhere”

  1. intelligenteditingblog Says:

    Hi, Laura. So it sounds as if the correction would be “names meaning.” Wouldn’t “names’ meanings” be better? I think “meanings” should remain plural, to avoid the impression that a group of names has a collective meaning. What do you think? Also, I wonder about the hyphenation of “Chun Li.”

    • Laura Says:

      Hi! I think you’re right that there needs to be an apostrophe to indicate the plural possessive “names’.” I’m not sure about which is correct, “meanings” or “meaning.” I guess I should do a little research on that one. As for Chun-Li, the hyphen appears to be correct, at least according to streetfighter.com.


What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 693 other followers

%d bloggers like this: