…the Vanderbilt’s what?

Apostrophe Glitches continue!  Below is an advertisement for a party plan company that appeared in a local club newsletter.

The word VANDERBILTS (plural) refers to the elite family (more than one person) who built and occupied the Biltmore estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  The legacy simply began WITH THE VANDERBILTS.  There is nothing possessive in this sentence.

All readers please stand and repeat after me (AGAIN!!)–It is not necessary to use an apostrophe to create the plural of a word. I don't know where this bad habit originated.  Do any of my readers have a theory about this? 

I would also change the ampersand (&) before CONTINUES to the word AND. The last sentence of the advertisement should read this way:

 Be a part of the legacy of hospitality and entertaining that began with the Vanderbilts and continues today.


6 Responses to “…the Vanderbilt’s what?”

  1. Apostrophe says:

    I learned in school (Quebec, Canada) that the apostrophe is used to replace "of" like in "my mother's car".  Is that right?

  2. admin says:

    Yes, the meaning of “my mother’s car” is the same as the meaning of “the car of my mother.” Is English your second language? Thanks for writing.

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