Re: RARA-AVIS: You Say "Hornet's", I Say "Hornets'"

Date: 03 Aug 2010

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    Ah but Kevin, new languages are being invented as quickly as old ones are being standardized. Think "texting." Language is as language does.

    Best, Kerry

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      From: Kevin Burton Smith
      Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 6:47 PM
      Subject: RARA-AVIS: You Say "Hornet's", I Say "Hornets'"

      Craig wrote:

    > Not meaning to be snarky here. I just know that the people who would have
    > checked the spelling would've merely gone to the dictionary.

      Ah, snarky is as snarky does. I guess I deserved that. I skipped that whole checking part because I grew up with hornets' nests. And there just aren't any hornets where I am now (mostly it's rattlesnakes and coyotes), so it hasn't come up in real life yet.

    > As for whether it's a threat to American masculinity I can't say, except that
    > the one time I stepped on a hornets' nest, I screamed like a little girl when
    > they started stinging me. :)

      See why it seems weird to me? It could be read as a nest belonging to "a hornet" but "they" stung you.

      But what do I know? I still spell colour with a "u" and call them "elastics," not "rubber bands." An infinite source of amusement for some of my American co-workers.

      Still, I guess I shouldn't complain. The world will be a much duller place when regionalism and cultural differences are stamped out completely, and the entire world is steamrollered to a gummy, dumbed down homogenous blandness controlled by corporations.

      Kevin Burton Smith
      The Thrilling Detective Web Site
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