Dear Sara,

"Just spelling" is something to worry about.  I think I went on at tiresome
length about that with "HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S TIME."  Leave out the
apostrophe--as most editions did and do--and it means something quite
different BECAUSE it is not a contraction but a possessive.  Spelling is
one key thing that makes meaning possible.  (The only difference between
"me" and "my" is one letter, but the difference is not JUST spelling.)

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Subject:                OT: McDonalds
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Rickard wrote:
>At the webpage is a picture of the first restaurant and it displays a
sign saying (with no apostrophes):


Thanx, Rickard -- that is just what I meant to make notice of. Indeed, I
too checked out the sign this afternoon, and it says McDonald's. Which is
exactely like "newsagent's" or "chemist's".

My previous statement was just that native speakers often 'forget' about
the gentivie-s, when it's in a very common name or expression. That is
very typical of streets -- if you go to London, you'll find St James / St
James'/ St James's Street or Park or whatever. When there is final s and
no apostrophe, it may mean it was intended in the form of an adjective --
which could be the case in McDonalds Hamburgers.

Anyway -- it's just spelling, nothing to worry about. But clearly, most
people -- even Nancy, as I seemed to understand from one of today's posts
-- saw McDonald's as a whole (not that there's anything wrong with that!).

-- Sara