From: Patrick Andries (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Mar 25 2005 - 03:44:45 CST
It is still true that the apostrophe has variable frequency across languages and in English it is not very frequent and therefore its suppression for « security » reasons is relatively unimportant. Here is the frequency of apostrophe in a comparable text (the Gospel of John) :Because apostrophes (middle dots, etc.) are relatively rare in English ? Far rarer than in French or, « worse », in Navaho where a single caseless sign may distinguish two distinct words [tsin = tree, ts'in = bone].Reminds me of some pun I read somewhere: A: "I am one of the directors wives." B: "I would not care even if you were the directors only wive."
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