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Gus' wife or Gus's wife?

The latter seems barbaric to me.
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Conan's wife was barbaric.

Just sayin'... Smile
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Don't know - I'd have to see photos in order to compare them.

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Nice try there pal, but Zenobia was a royal concubine trained in courtly ways before becoming Conan's queen!
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Blame Gus's parents for giving him a name that ends in 's'.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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On 2012-07-03 17:36, critter wrote:
Nice try there pal, but Zenobia was a royal concubine trained in courtly ways before becoming Conan's queen!


But once she married Conan, doesn't she become barbaric? Smile

Notice I didn't say Barbarian.
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Only at night. You know what they say "Queen in public, Barbarian in the sack!" Smile
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Gus's wife is the correct possessive. However, in the case of famous single-name personages, such as Jesus, just an apostrophe is required. Ie. Jesus' mother.
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I don't want to make a federal case of this, but from Wikipedia:
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The Supreme Court of the United States is split on whether a possessive singular noun that ends with s should always have an additional s after the apostrophe, sometimes have an additional s after the apostrophe (for instance, based on whether the final sound of the original word is pronounced /s/ or /z/), or never have an additional s after the apostrophe. The informal majority view (5–4, based on past writings of the justices) has favoured the additional s, but a strong minority disagrees.

I wonder who that fifth judge was? Probably Thomas' decision.
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Only at night. You know what they say "Queen in public, Barbarian in the sack!" Smile


Smile
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I looked into this once -- wish I could remember where. The rule I found was that if the ending "s" has a hard s sound (as in Gus), then it gets an extra s. So "Gus's wife." If the ending "s" has a soft s sound (as in Charles), then one can use just an apostrophe, and *optionally* add an s. So Charles' and Charles's are both acceptable.
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Just refer to Strunk & White, "The Elements of Style." It's the standard reference.
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See also: Myers's Rum.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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Yes, Lobo, I prefer your source to Strunk and White. Hands down. Smile
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That'll get you talking like a pirate in no time.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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Actually, the different style dictators have different rules. In particular, the Chicago Manual of Style allows some formations that the MLA doesn't. When I was in grad school, my particular discipline used Chicago though that may have changed now. Chicago used to favor omission of the s after the apostrophe, now it merely allows it. Wikipedia covers some of the differences among style manuals.
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On 2012-07-03 18:30, LobowolfXXX wrote:
That'll get you talking like a pirate in no time.

See? Barbarism as charged.
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Gus's wife is prettier than Gus' wife. But Gus' wife is a good cook, and Gus's wife is a shrew, so I'd say Billy-Joe's wife...she's easy.
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