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Boys, Boys', Girls, Girls'

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Rhody31, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    I'm putting together the finishing touches on our swim coverage and in writing boys and girls in stories and sub heads, i'm getting paranoid that I'm screwing up.

    I'm writing "Boys/Girls State Championship Swim Meet"

    Is that right? Or do I need an apostrophe?
  2. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Depends on your paper's style. I've seen it done both ways.
  3. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    i say no.
  4. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Our style is no apostrophe, but as chickie said, depends on your paper's style.
  5. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    yeah, i meant my paper's style. i've seen some do it, but i don't like it.
  6. 2underpar

    2underpar Active Member

    no apostrophe at this shop.
  7. pseudo

    pseudo Active Member

    If it's men's basketball, then why not boys' basketball? That said, I'm pretty sure I'll be in the minority on this one.
  8. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    reading it, the meet belongs to the boys, but it is also a meet of boys.

    For me, it's no apostrophe.

    Stupid punctuation.
  9. jps

    jps Active Member

    I say no. doesn't look right, and that's reason enough for me.

    men's, women's, boys, girls. doesn't need to make sense. this is the english language. we can do whatever we want with it.
  10. mediaguy

    mediaguy Active Member

    No apostrophe. It's not a possessive use, just as an adjective.

    And yes, men's and women's are possessives. Only thing I can say is that it sounds weird to say "men basketball" ...

    Same as "The third-year Bears receiver was held to two catches." People want to put an apostrophe in there, but there's no need to.
  11. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    No apostrophe.

    If you can't justify it grammatically, justify it in that it saves ink.
  12. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    You are exactly right. If it is men's, it has to be boys'... or you are simply being illogical and inconsistent... which I do understand many on this board make a cottage industry out of.

    It's the way we do it.

    At least until some muckety-muck justifies his job by changing the style in the next five minutes.
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