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Apostrophes Excluded

From answers.com

“Where a business name is based on a family name, it may or may not take an apostrophe (compare Sainsbury’s and Harrods), though in recent times there has been an increasing tendency to drop the apostrophe. Names based on a first name are more likely to take an apostrophe (Joe’s Crab Shack). A small activist group called the Apostrophe Protection Society[31] has campaigned for large retailers such as Harrods, Currys and Selfridges to reinstate their missing punctuation. A spokesperson for Barclays PLC stated, “It has just disappeared over the years. Barclays is no longer associated with the family name.”

Here is a case. Today I saw a shop called Hudson Jewellers. If Hudson had wished his wife to be included in the business name, then I would contend that he could quite properly choose the name Hudsons Jewellers. This would denote that the business was a partnership and by that dint there was more than one Hudson involved in the business.

Of course had he wished to denote ownership of the business, Hudson could have had an apostrophe before or after the ‘s’ depending on whether he was a sole trader or in a partnership with another member(s) of his family.

Anyhoo, the practice of denoting a plural and or simply leaving out the apostrophe in a business name is a common one as a cursory look in Dumbarton and Alexandria confirm.

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4 Responses

  1. Was gonna say you gotta get outta RYAN’S PETS CENTRE more often,but that seems to be what you have been doing lately ! Please amend grammar,punctuation and speeling at your own pace Rab……

  2. >Here is a case. Today I saw a shop called Hudson Jewellers. If Hudson had wished his wife to be included in the business name, then I would contend that he could quite properly choose the name Hudsons Jewellers.

    NO, NO, and thrice NO!!! It would be Hudsons’ Jewellers.

    Did they teach nothing at Eton? Or do I have to relate the tale of how I failed a post-grad student as his thesis – well thought out, well argued, and worthy of commendation – was written about Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce?

  3. He’s shouting Dylan.

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