Nancy Gish wrote:
> Actually it is not simply punctuation. It is a difference--between a
> contraction and a possessive--that is indicated by a punctuation mark.
> But the difference in function is grammatical. One shows a difference in
> structure (and informality of diction) and the other a difference in case.
> The phrase "it's readership" means "it is readership" rather than "the
> readership that belongs to it."
How long does it take for an utterly impossible word to become part of
the language -- as in "a lot" becoming "alot"? (I'm feeling too lazy now
to look up the history of "an uncle," "nuncle," "uncle.")