Wednesday, November 1, 2006

?! and 's's

Over at the online site for the Chicago Manual of Style, they answer readers' questions each month. I would love to meet the Chicago editor who penned the following responses to questions in the November 2006 Q & A:

Q: [I]s it ever proper to put a question mark and an exclamation mark at the end of a sentence in formal writing?

A: In formal writing, we allow both marks only in the event that the author was being physically assaulted while writing. Otherwise, no.

Q. Is there an acceptable way to form the possessive of words such as Macy’s and Sotheby’s? Sometimes rewording to avoid the possessive results in less felicitous writing.

A. Less felicitous than “Sotheby’s’s”? I don’t think so.


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