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winner's, winners, winners' bracket

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BertoltBrecht, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. BertoltBrecht

    BertoltBrecht Member

    Which one is it?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    But as someone earlier said, it's not "men basketball." Therefore, we use possessive to maintain consistency.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I daresay lots of papers would hyphenate boys' basketball, bucky.
  4. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Hyphenate? Boys-basketball?
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Did I say that? I meant apostrosize. Geez. It's gonna be a long day.
  6. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Gotcha. I thought maybe I was the one who'd lost my mind.

    I like "apostrosize," though.
  7. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Yes, buck. They DO "own" the bracket. It is the bracket of the winners. Possessive.

    Winners' bracket.
  8. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    You could just use championship bracket and elimination bracket and not have to deal with anyone owning anything.
  9. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    You can't call it the "losers bracket" or the poor kids will get their feelings hurt. They work just as hard as the winners, you know.
  10. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Works in amateur wrestling; not so much in stick-and-ball format, where a team can lose its opening game, play its way back through the losers/elimination/bottom half of the bracket, eventually defeat an undefeated team twice and win the tournament. In wrestling, the best a loser can hope for is usually fifth place.
  11. Eagleboy

    Eagleboy Guest

    Yeah, except for, you know, on those scoring plays. And how dare you put it down that my son gave up the winning play! He was supposed to be standing around!
  12. sportymcgee

    sportymcgee Member

    Buck is right. Here is the entry of the stylebook that should explain it:

    DESCRIPTIVE PHRASES: Do not add an apostrophe to a word ending in s when it is used primarily in a descriptive sense: citizens band radio, a Cincinnati Reds infielder, a teachers college, a Teamsters request, a writers guide.

    An ’s is required, however, when a term involves a plural word that does not end in s: a children’s hospital, a people’s republic, the Young Men’s Christian Association.
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