Python is better than free (was Re: GNU wars again)

Joseph A Knapka jknapka at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 6 08:23:54 CEST 2001


Steve Holden wrote:
> 
> "Magnus Lie Hetland" <mlh at idi.ntnu.no> wrote in message
> news:9pimak$c22$1 at tyfon.itea.ntnu.no...
> > "Joshua Macy" <l0819m0v0smfm001 at sneakemail.com> wrote in message
> > news:3BBABE1C.5010108 at sneakemail.com...
> > >
> > >
> > > Joshua Macy wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > >   Even though I've released some of my Python work under the GPL, I'm
> > > > coming around to Tim Peter's way of thinking: just release things into
> > > > the public domain and have done with it.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >    D'oh!  Apostrophe error. Tim Peters' way of thinking.
> >
> > Well, actually, according to The Elements of Style by Strunk & White,
> > it should be
> >
> >   Tim Peters's way of thinking
> >
> > ("Peters'" is a plural possessive, I think :)
> >
> Nope. If Tim were married, you would write about his and his wife's home
> (assuming they lived together) as the Peters's home.

I think that would be "the Peterses' home". One Peters, two
Peterses. One Peters's way of thinking, two Peterses' home. And
I don't think Strunk and White would give out any lollipops for any
usage whatsoever of "Peters'" in this context. But then, I'm just
a guy with a degree in English (from an American university [he said,
revealing the ultimate bankruptcy of his entire argument]), so what
do I know? :-)

English-3000, anyone?

-- Joe
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