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THE APOSTROPHE: POSSESSED AND DISPOSSESSED
By Mamie Webb Hixon
UWF Writing Lab Director
THE FORMERLY POSSESSED
THE TERMINALLY POSSESSED
THE PLURAL POSSESSED
When the plural noun does not end in -s, add both an apostrophe and
THE SINGULAR POSSESSED
ON-THE-JOB GRAMMAR TIP
is an adverb meaning "in a hopeful manner." According to the American
Heritage Dictionary,, Fourth Edition, the use of hopefully as a
sentence adverb in the sentences below is unacceptable to many critics and
Careful writers and speakers prefer using hopefully
in these instances:
A Message from the Editor
powernap • living will • outsource • downsize • dehire
The fact that the Oxford Dictionary of New Words contains over 50,000 entries is an indication that new words enter our language every day. According to Karen Wright in her essay "Keepers of Words" in the March 2000 Discover magazine, "breadth of use and `staying power' are the two principal criteria Merriam-Webster editors use to nominate new words."
Email is just one example of a word that entered the English language because of computer technology. Now there's Webcasting (which my computer is highlighting even as I type), Internet, word processor, spam, and computer mouse.
Then there's credentialize. And don't forget Enronize,
annualize, athleticism, home schooling; the list of neologisms goes
on. What's amazing about the English language is its creative capacity:
once a new noun enters the language because of medicine, technology,
education, or politics, it is verbed and turned into an adjective as well.
So, if you are read your Miranda rights, you have been Mirandized. Right?
When in doubt, use a current, unabridged dictionary - or call the Grammar
Hotline at (850) 474-2129. We'll be glad to look up your new word for you.
You can e-mail questions about grammar and usage to the Grammar Hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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