JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2006/04/it-would-be-more-effective-if-they.html (13 comments)

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jsid-1145709229-359226  GUYK at Sat, 22 Apr 2006 12:33:49 +0000

BAHAHAHAHA typical of the left wing--hell if they could read and write they would have jobs and not be trying to loot the rest of us.

jsid-1145710858-359232  Peet at Sat, 22 Apr 2006 13:00:58 +0000

Sometimes, my brain skips a cog and I think to myself, "Self," I sez, "d'ya think that maybe, just MAYbe, there's a 'mole' somewhere planting this stuff JUST to make the leftists look bad?"

Then the gears of my brain re-engage and I realize they really ARE that stupid.


jsid-1145715082-359236  Individ at Sat, 22 Apr 2006 14:11:22 +0000

Pseudo-Intellectualism of the Left, exposed again.

jsid-1145717365-359240  Aaron Woodin at Sat, 22 Apr 2006 14:49:25 +0000

This is one of the common punctuation mistakes that truly drives me up a wall.

jsid-1145742557-359279  Oz at Sat, 22 Apr 2006 21:49:17 +0000

I would suggest that anyone who sees a displayer of this sticker asks him "Oh, are you from Texas?"

jsid-1145761375-359294  triticale at Sun, 23 Apr 2006 03:02:55 +0000

The bumper sticker I want which mentions that state would read "Mess Without Texas".

jsid-1145767189-359301  CarlS at Sun, 23 Apr 2006 04:39:49 +0000

Sorry to correct you, but the possessive form of the word "its" is ( its' ). The rule is: In plural possessive terms, place the apostrophe after the "s." This will indicate to the reader that more than one person or thing owns the thing possessed. Otherwise, "it" is singular, "it's" is a contracted form of "it is" and "its'" works with ("its' own .......). That is how it was taught until journalists and editors who had grammar problems got around to revising their editorial guidelines. As the US military did in the late 70's, when they started issuing technical manuals in comic book format.

jsid-1145768257-359303  Kevin Baker at Sun, 23 Apr 2006 04:57:37 +0000

Sorry, Carl, but its' is grammatically incorrect, and to my knowledge always has been.

We don't use his' or hers' either.

jsid-1145794528-359315  Ed "What the" Heckman at Sun, 23 Apr 2006 12:15:28 +0000


"A village" is singular. It would also be correct, and redundant, to write "A single village". "Its" is clearly the correct word and spelling.

If it had been discussing many villages, it could be written as "Each of the (many) villages is missing its' idiot." Notice that even in this case, the word is not "it's", it's "its'".

No matter how you slice it, the bumper sticker is wrong, including grammatically and logically.

jsid-1145806959-359328  Leslie Bates at Sun, 23 Apr 2006 15:42:39 +0000

Strange, I only see those things on cars with Minnesota plates.

jsid-1145826521-359340  Steve at Sun, 23 Apr 2006 21:08:41 +0000

Maybe they are refering to themselves?

jsid-1145895498-359403  DJ at Mon, 24 Apr 2006 16:18:18 +0000

Let's beat the horse some more, shall we?

I looked up "Possessives" in Concise English Handbook, Third Edition, by Hans P. Guth, copyright 1961, 1965, and 1970. In it, I found the following two items:


A few contractions are easily confused with words of different spelling and different meaning. It's, meaning "it is," differs from its, meaning "of it" or "belonging to it".


The apostrophe is not used in the possessive forms of personal pronouns. No apostrophe appears in his, hers, its, ours, yours, or theirs. It does appear, however, in the possessive forms of such indefinite pronouns as one (one's friends), everyone (to everyone's surprise), someone (at someone's suggestion also, at someone else's house).


OK, it's back on the shelf now and I feel fine.

jsid-1146161171-359838  me at Thu, 27 Apr 2006 18:06:11 +0000

Down here in Austin, Texas, we use his'ns & her'ns, but there is a push on to make toilets unisex.

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