Thursday, November 7, 2013

Whose Day Is It?



What are you guys doing on Monday? I know what I am NOT doing. I am not going to the bank, receiving mail or going to work. But why?  

A. Am I celebrating a day that belongs to only one veteran?


B. Am I celebrating a day that belongs to more than one veteran?


C. Am I celebrating a day that doesn’t technically “belong” to veterans?


According to a government website, the answer is C. And this is why: 

“Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe but does include an ‘s’ at the end of ‘veterans’ because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.”
 
I like the government’s explanation. I believe the country should honor all its veterans. (I also believe there should be a semicolon between “veterans” and “it is” instead of a comma.) 

However, now all I can think about is that apostrophe in Saint Valentine’s Day. Anyone know where I can get a name change form? And how I can become a saint?

13 comments:

DiscConnected said...

Since Valentine's Day is named for Saint Valentine, wouldn't that punctuation is correct...

Nine yers in Catholik skool axualy learnt me sumpin'

Larry

DiscConnected said...

According to a government website

Are you sure the website was functional?

Andrew Leon said...

But we'd need to change the name of it to make it your day, wouldn't we? Or do you just mean the day of Valentines? Or Valentines that belong to you?

Shelly said...

I'm thinking Washington needs a Secretary of Grammar. I nominate you.

the late phoenix said...

i logged on to the government website, thought i had completed the task, but a day later, i received a confirmation email explaining that i was now the proud owner of a Snuggie...

susie said...

I never knew.

Stephanie said...

I dunno, I think I'm going with (B).

I love DiscConnected's comment. :)

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Nas said...

Interesting...

DWei said...

Lest we forget.

cestlavie22 said...

This is an interesting fact I didnt realize. I like the explanation it gives more understanding for why everyone has the day off. And of course I like to know the proper way to punctuate so people like you dont slap me with a ruler ;)

traci's mixed bag said...

Very interesting. I do tend to struggle with the possesive apostrophe (I don't even know if that's what it's called).

Theresa Milstein said...

Well, St. Valentine's Days is supposed to be about a saint, right? This is like boys and girls bathroom signs. Standard without the apostrophe, but I know a book that uses an apostrophe for it in the title.