Why Did People "Ejaculate" in Old Books?
Also, is our 's for possessives just a shortened form of "his"?
Bob Woolley is reading Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” and in Act 3 Scene 3 came across this passage:
Once in a sea fight ’gainst the Count his galleys
I did some service,
He notes that his annotated edition says that “Count his” simply means “Count’s,” and wonders, as many have, whether our “apostrophe-s” is short for his.
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