Reuters: Apostrophes getting the boot in England
I find the arguments for eliminating the apostrophe rather week. Even if they are no longer the possession of the monarch or some other individual, the maintenance of the apostrophe serves as a reminder of the history of the place. Otherwise, instead of eliminating the apostrophe, the people should just rename the place. (Even if it's more costly, at least it would make more sense. But there would probably be greater opposition on the part of those who are attached to the place name.)
What is wrong with the U.K.?
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