Towards a European Master's in Translation
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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Dec 7, 2006

I read this title for a conference and simply do not understand why there is an apostroph after master. Can someone explain please?
Regards
Heinrich


 

Maciek Drobka  Identity Verified
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Short for 'Master's Degree' Dec 7, 2006

Hi,

'Master's' is short for 'Master's Degree', not only in translationicon_smile.gif.

Maciek


 

Henrik Pipoyan  Identity Verified
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European Master's degree Dec 7, 2006

Probably it means European Master's degree.

 

Clare Barnes  Identity Verified
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Master's Degree Dec 7, 2006

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master's_degree - does that help?

 

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Dec 7, 2006

I understand it now.

 

Lia Fail (X)  Identity Verified
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this is "the grocer's apostrophe" :-) Dec 7, 2006

Heinrich Pesch wrote:

I read this title for a conference and simply do not understand why there is an apostroph after master. Can someone explain please?
Regards
Heinrich



Where to stick grocer's apostrophe | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
We have finally got the hang of the grocer's apostrophe. ... It was dubbed "the grocer's apostrophe" because of its unnecessary use in plural words on shop ...
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Apples and Orange's - English (ESL) Weblog - UsingEnglish.com
The so-called grocer's apostrophe, where it is used incorrectly in plurals, is one of the most common mistakes made by native speakers in English.
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Amy Williams  Identity Verified
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not the grocer's apostrophe Dec 7, 2006

Lia Fail wrote:

Where to stick grocer's apostrophe | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
We have finally got the hang of the grocer's apostrophe. ... It was dubbed "the grocer's apostrophe" because of its unnecessary use in plural words on shop ...
www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1256380,00.html - 40k - Cached - Similar pages
Flickr: Grocer's Apostrophe
About Grocer's Apostrophe. Why can`t people tell the difference between plurals and ... Feed – Subscribe to Grocer's Apostrophe discussion threads ...
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Flickr: The Grocer's Apostrophe Pool
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Apples and Orange's - English (ESL) Weblog - UsingEnglish.com
The so-called grocer's apostrophe, where it is used incorrectly in plurals, is one of the most common mistakes made by native speakers in English.
www.usingenglish.com/weblog/archives/000067.html - 24k - Cached - Similar pages


I don't think this is a case of the grocer's apostrophe at all. The grocer's apostrophe is incorrect - "apple's, orange's and melon's" when referring to piles of fruit, etc. - whereas "master's [degree] in translation" is absolutely fine (the degree of a master). Some people interpret "masters" as adjectival and drop the apostrophe, that's all.


There's a letter about this here which you may be interested in, Heinrich.


[Edited at 2006-12-07 14:52]


 

Williamson  Identity Verified
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Norman and Saxon genetive Dec 7, 2006

Isn't this called the Saxon and the Norman genitive: At times pretty confusing, also for native speakers.

 

Terry Gilman  Identity Verified
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grocer's thank's Dec 7, 2006

I agree that "master's degree" is *not* an example of the grocer's apostrophe, but I am very grateful for all the Guardian links, as I collect apostrophes.

In our style guide, we include master's and bachelor's, as both are common usage, but suggest that people use the simpler forms to avoid mistakes (the style guide and the resulting texts are used by mixed groups of ENS and non-ENS). In developing the guide, we found "The Elements of *International* English Style" very useful.
The book also suggests, without saying so, why ppt slides are so popular - the "writing" (such as it is) is chunked and bullet-pointed and, in the better cases, surrounded by a fair amount of white space. If you're lucky, the Speaker's Notes provide some context. (I don't really want to defend ppt presentations; the "Elements" book just helped me to understand why they are so pervasive.)


 

Lia Fail (X)  Identity Verified
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I' think you are confusing grocers and fruit!!!! Dec 28, 2006

Amy Williams wrote:

Lia Fail wrote:

Where to stick grocer's apostrophe | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
We have finally got the hang of the grocer's apostrophe. ... It was dubbed "the grocer's apostrophe" because of its unnecessary use in plural words on shop ...
www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1256380,00.html - 40k - Cached - Similar pages
Flickr: Grocer's Apostrophe
About Grocer's Apostrophe. Why can`t people tell the difference between plurals and ... Feed – Subscribe to Grocer's Apostrophe discussion threads ...
www.flickr.com/groups/77173807@N00/ - 23k - Cached - Similar pages
Flickr: The Grocer's Apostrophe Pool
the Grocer's Apostrophe group icon · Grocer's Apostrophe ... Feed – Subscribe to photos from the Grocer's Apostrophe pool. Add to My Yahoo! ...
www.flickr.com/groups/77173807@N00/pool/ - 29k - Cached - Similar pages
[ More results from www.flickr.com ]
Apples and Orange's - English (ESL) Weblog - UsingEnglish.com
The so-called grocer's apostrophe, where it is used incorrectly in plurals, is one of the most common mistakes made by native speakers in English.
www.usingenglish.com/weblog/archives/000067.html - 24k - Cached - Similar pages


I don't think this is a case of the grocer's apostrophe at all. The grocer's apostrophe is incorrect - "apple's, orange's and melon's" when referring to piles of fruit, etc. - whereas "master's [degree] in translation" is absolutely fine (the degree of a master). Some people interpret "masters" as adjectival and drop the apostrophe, that's all.


There's a letter about this here which you may be interested in, Heinrich.


[Edited at 2006-12-07 14:52]


When you refer to 'apple's, orange's', you are implying a possesive, but that's impossible for an object. We never say the 'table's leg', for example, becuase EN doesn't recognise that objects can posses. Hence we say 'leg of the table'.

I think you are confusing the notion of "grocer's apostrophe" with fruit. The so-called "grocer's apostrophe" is an all-embracing descriptive term to describe the fact that in English, shops have traditionally been called, for example, the "hairdresser's", or the "fishmonger's", where we drop the shop as in "hairdresser's shop" or "fishmonger's shop", i.e. the "shop OF" the hairdresser or fishmonger, i.e. of PERSONS. Unlike "hardware shop", where it's not the shop BELONGING to the hardware, it's a shop of hardware.

When we say "master's", it's a reference to the "degree of a master", but as per the 'grocer's apostrophe', we drop the degree.


 

Darin Fitzpatrick  Identity Verified
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Correction Jan 5, 2007

Lia Fail wrote:

When you refer to 'apple's, orange's', you are implying a possesive, but that's impossible for an object. We never say the 'table's leg', for example, becuase EN doesn't recognise that objects can posses. Hence we say 'leg of the table'.



Grammatically, it is quite possible for objects to be possessive. "The table's leg" is standard usage. "The leg of the table" is wordy and can be awkward.

Compare:
"My car's engine sounds funny."
"The engine of my car sounds funny."

If you prefer the second form, I suspect you are not a native speaker of English.


I think you are confusing the notion of "grocer's apostrophe" with fruit. The so-called "grocer's apostrophe" is an all-embracing descriptive term to describe the fact that in English, shops have traditionally been called, for example, the "hairdresser's", or the "fishmonger's", where we drop the shop as in "hairdresser's shop" or "fishmonger's shop", i.e. the "shop OF" the hairdresser or fishmonger, i.e. of PERSONS. Unlike "hardware shop", where it's not the shop BELONGING to the hardware, it's a shop of hardware.


Your version may be a different use of the term "grocer's apostrophe," and it makes sense to me, but the standard use of the term (based on Amy's sources and this article) is an error in plural formation.


 

Jackie Bowman

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Just beaming down from Mars (where English isn't standard) .. Jan 12, 2007

Lia Fail commented:



... you are implying a possesive, but that's impossible for an object. We never say the 'table's leg', for example, becuase EN doesn't recognise that objects can posses. Hence we say 'leg of the table'.



Well, there go nigh on 30 years of English education ... all useless, apparently.

Here I was, sitting at my desk, as I do every morning, thinking that what I saw was the desk’s surface, and the monitor’s USB port, and the chair’s castors, and the tree’s shadow outside my window.

But hey, at least now I can stop worrying about the government’s policy. Or the opposition’s policy.


 

Angela Dickson  Identity Verified
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no... Jan 12, 2007

I think you are confusing the notion of "grocer's apostrophe" with fruit. The so-called "grocer's apostrophe" is an all-embracing descriptive term to describe the fact that in English, shops have traditionally been called, for example, the "hairdresser's", or the "fishmonger's", where we drop the shop as in "hairdresser's shop" or "fishmonger's shop", i.e. the "shop OF" the hairdresser or fishmonger, i.e. of PERSONS. Unlike "hardware shop", where it's not the shop BELONGING to the hardware, it's a shop of hardware.


Lia, your first link from the Guardian explains what the 'grocer's apostrophe' is - its 'unnecessary use in plural words on shop signs or placards (Price's Slashed)'.

So I think you're mistaken about what the term means. 'Master's Degree' is not an example of the grocer's apostrophe, and neither are shop names.


 


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