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Comment: Re:What happens when you learn (Score 1) 138

by GnrcMan (#18899455) Attached to: Thin Water Acts Like a Solid
Nope...not just a guess. I learned it in a college course some time back, and so I don't have the original citation, however, I did some digging and did find at least one reference to prove I didn't pull this out of thin air:

http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O29-APOSTROPHE.ht ml

It's rather poorly formated, but here's the relevant passage:
Scholars have generally regarded this use of the apostrophe as arising from the omission of the letter e in Old and Middle English -es GENITIVE singular endings (such as mannes man's, scipes ship's), spreading in due course to all genitives, with or without an e and plural as well as singular. Others have cited a noun-and-pronoun pattern of possession common in the 16-17c, as in Charles his name, where noun and pronoun came together as Charles's name and then spread to all possessives, male or female, singular or plural. However, it is the Old English inflection that more directly accounts for the use of the apostrophe in Modern English.

According to that, the more direct origin was the omission of the letter e in old and middle english, but my explanation *is* another possible contributing factor. So no, I wasn't just guessing or making shit up.
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FBI Arrests Neteller Execs 379

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the jig-is-up dept.
Alcibaides writes "In a follow-up to the 2006 law attacking Internet gambling, the FBI arrested two former Neteller executives in 'connection with the creation and operation of an Internet payment services company that facilitated the transfer of billions of dollars of illegal gambling proceeds.' Apparently, the execs were 'ambushed' as they passed through the U.S. on connecting flights. Consequently, Neteller has dropped all gambling-related activity to U.S. customers, a move not expected for several months."

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