marin wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:29 pm
With no apostrophe the word is free to spread its sound … nnnnnnnnnnnnn …
The apostrophe is like a halt reminding, in a flash, that something is missing ( in this case that horrible g ).
It’s a matter of style!
i am an old man, marin, am quite well read, speak several languages, have studied religion, philosophy, psychology and the arts - but at no time did i ever come across such a contrary and stubborn person such as yourself. one lesson you desperately need to learn is when to yield to a superior mind. that you are interested in the work of a literary figure of mr cohen's calibre is to your credit, though i fear the attraction is the pop songs he recorded in order to put food on the table, not his impressive catalogue of literary works. my suggestion to you, my young dear, is to obtain a library card and gain fulfillment by introducing your sparse knowledge to the treasures available to anyone capable of reading. it will be difficult and boring at first, because you are probably used to reading only comics, but as your awareness expands and your vocabulary widens, you will become only too glad to abandon the vacuum in which you have been living. i guarantee you will eagerly look forward to opening each waiting volume - and then, perhaps, even write authoritatively about 'matters of style'. good luck