Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time
Hey, y’all. It’s that time of year . . . when you gather the kids, all put on matching crisp white shirts and khaki pants, and head out to the river/mountains/in-laws’ fancy staircase for the annual Christmas card photo.
I absolutely love holiday cards. Actually, I love all sorts of printed things, invitations, stationery, and the like. Unfortunately my holiday joy is often shattered to pieces and trampled upon by what I receive in the mail.
Why is that? I have a couple of reasons, and the first one comes right on the envelope. Sometimes I get things addressed to The Slater’s. Remember this: We are The Slater Family OR we are many people who live in the same house and who all have the same last name therefore we are not just one Slater, but we are many (PLURAL) Slaters. So, please call us “The Slaters.”
When you sign your name—or if you’re uptown, have it pre-printed—please know who you are too. It’s shocking how many folks out there don’t know how to make the plural of their own last names. If your last name is Jones, you’re the Joneses. If your last name is Mortroski, you’re the Mortroskis. One Upchurch who marries and procreates creates a new family of Upchurches.
And there you have it. Last names are made plural just like any other words. But you don’t want to change the spelling of the name to make it plural. You just add –s or –es, so Mr. and Mrs. Terry and their precious offspring are the Terrys. And more than one Fairchild does not the Fairchildren make. (They’d be the Fairchilds.) Nor would you have the Lightfeet or the Goodmen.
Finally, there are all those holiday parties. Of course, I love being invited to lots of them . . . that’s not the problem. It’s the invitations. I’m begging you to let me proofread them ahead of time.
Which of those is correct? You, my brilliant readers, are right. NONE. How do you make it right? First, make the last name plural: Bankses. Then make it possessive (it’s their party, just as it would be “Julie’s open house” or “Greg’s open house” or whatever). It oughta say “The Bankses’ Open House.”
Please do your best to spread holiday cheer this year—with all the proper grammar and punctuation you can muster. Joy to the world and stuff, y’all.
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