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Sunday, 25 April 2010


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What can Kamm mean by "Figes's laywer [sic]"? Didn't his school teachers tell him that with names that end is "s" you have the choice of using, let us say, James' or James's, save that you must avoid the treble sibilant e.g. you write not "Jesus's" but "Jesus'". The more pertinacious sort of schoolboy will enquire, of course, "Sir, sir what about " Jesus' sake", sir, that's a treble sibilant?"

According to the BBC, Zuma is HIV negative.

Well, 'DM', I'm definitely not going to defend Oliver Kamm's English, or anyone else's come to that, given my own, er, idiosyncratic variations on a theme. I have often wondered about that apostrophe after an 's' ending so I am very grateful for the lesson - ta!

Tim, well spotted, see above for my mea culpa.

DM, the "(sic)" refers to the spelling of "lawyer", which comes out "laywer", not to the apostrophe.

Aha!! Thanks, Dom.

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