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#177789 - 06/25/08 09:11 PM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: Zed]
Father Steve Offline
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Churches in the Western Catholic tradition are placed under the patronage (not ownership) of a saint at the time that they are consecrated. To say that this is Saint Etheldreda's Church does not mean that she holds the deed to the real property but rather that she holds the church (building and members) in her heart and in her prayers. The apostrophe is therefor appropriate.

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#177796 - 06/25/08 10:50 PM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: LukeJavan8]
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It's a convention. Conventions don't have to be logical or justified. They just are.

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#177841 - 06/28/08 02:51 AM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: The Pook]
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Patronage, thanks padre, that's what I meant by spiritual ownership.

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#177865 - 06/30/08 02:25 AM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: Zed]
Hawaii Cat Offline
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How re-affirming the comments on apostrophe misuse were today. I have kept a file for years on apostrophe misuse. One of my favorites is a letter to the editor of a Honolulu newspaper including a photo of a sign at a high school that read: VISITOR'S MUST REPORT TO OFFICE. The accompanying editor's note included a misused apostrophe. Hysterical.

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#177867 - 06/30/08 02:54 AM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: Hawaii Cat]
Zed Offline
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Hi HC

ummmmm, none of my business but why not Oregon Cat?

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#177869 - 06/30/08 03:06 AM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: Zed]
The Pook Offline
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Perhaps Hawaii cats have more fun?

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#177887 - 07/01/08 04:21 AM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: The Pook]
Zed Offline
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Only if they can surf without getting wet.

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#177903 - 07/02/08 01:56 PM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: Zed]
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Not to cast aspersions on anyone's beliefs, but St. Ethelreda holds the people in her hearts and prayers? I really wonder.
How does that affect grammar. Seems to be stretching it a bit
Fr. Steve. As the pook says, it must be just a convention, considering how there seems to be no definite answer in any of the conversation on this site regarding it.
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#177904 - 07/02/08 02:02 PM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: LukeJavan8]
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I was in the "land hurricane" that hit our city with 116 mph winds last week and lost my power for 5 day. Not a tornado, mind you. I just noticed the nice things that were mentioned by
zmjezhd said. Thank you very much, I'm much appreciative. I have to travel for a few weeks on business, so will be absent for a while, but will be back to this site when I return. I am grateful for the welcome and really enjoy the repartee that has gone on concerning St. Ildelphone's Church, etc.
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#177950 - 07/04/08 12:49 PM Re: the apostrophe as discussed today in wordsmith. [Re: LukeJavan8]
David Offline
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Registered: 09/25/06
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The apostrophe: It's its own worst enemey (or is that: Its it's own worse enemy?).

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