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Thread #159749   Message #3786859
Posted By: Steve Shaw
23-Apr-16 - 07:20 PM
Thread Name: BS: Grammar Police/Pedant alert
Subject: RE: BS: Grammar Police/Pedant alert
A solution to "Archimedes screw" would be to add an apostrophe at the end, "Archimedes' screw." Wiki does that. You could, alternatively, just say "the Archimedes screw." For me, "Jesus" is slightly different. In speech, if I say "Jesus's miracles," I'll write it down just that way because it's the way I say it. I think that should always inform the way we write it down - write it the way you say it. You simply can't be wrong if you do that, and the grammar police can take a hike.

Incidentally, what I've just said reminds me of a pet hate of mine, the use of "alternate" to mean "alternative." It's become a real virus, yank-led, and is being accepted even by respectable dictionaries. Shame!