ESL – The apostrophe in Mother’s Day?

 

31 March

The apostrophe in Mother’s Day?

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Some people say:

1. More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. We should phone mum more often perhaps?

2. Flowers affect human behavior and make people feel happier and more compassionate around fresh-cut blooms. They make us sneeze also.

3.  There are more greeting cards sold for Mother’s Day than any other celebration.  Be a bit odd to get a Mother’s Day card at Xmas?

5. Women purchase 80% of all Mother’s Day cards.  Figure that one.

6. In what was formerly Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mother on Mother’s Day. The only way she could be freed would be to “pay” her children with candy and treats. An honest reflection on the way we all (throughout the world) treat our mum!

7. Anna Jarvis is considered the founder of Mother’s Day in the United States. On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day thanks to the persistence of Jarvis.  Jarvis knew better than most: she never married nor had children of her own?

8. Around one-quarter of all flowers purchased throughout the year are purchased for Mother’s Day. We give our mums dead flowers?

9.  I have one huge question to finish with. Why is the Mother’s Day apostrophe before the “s” – making it singular possessive instead of plural possessive?

Thank you for reading my blog.

Gordon

 

P.S. And thank you, mum!

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