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  1. about 10 years ago on Real Life Adventures

    It should be “people’s self-respect”. “Peoples’ self-respect” would only apply if the intent was to describe the self-respect of entire populations (the German people, the Spanish people, the German and Spanish peoples).

    Normally, the apostrophe comes after the final letter in plural possessives (“girls’ dresses, horses’ hooves”). Since “people” is already a plural, the apostrophe goes before the “s” in the possessive. Similarly, you have “men’s magazines”, “children’s toys”, etc.

  2. about 10 years ago on In the Bleachers

    The boxing sheep has a cousin who plays football. His name is Dan Merino.

  3. about 10 years ago on Baldo

    nighthawks said, about 4 hours ago

    “wrong!”

    http://names.mongabay.com/mostcommonsurnames.htm

    That page relates to the 1990 census. In 2000, Garcia and Rodriguez moved up to eighth and ninth, respectively:

    http://www.infoplease.com/us/census/most-common-last-names-2000.html

  4. about 10 years ago on Non Sequitur

    Anyone who just barely avoids those incoming projectiles will have an arrow escape.

  5. about 10 years ago on For Better or For Worse

    bogeydog said, about 5 hours ago

    “I forget this is set in Canada. My dad is from Saskaskschawan. How ever you spell it! And I’m sure someone will correct me!!”

    Saskatchewan.

  6. about 10 years ago on Close to Home

    Mars is only about 50,000,000 miles from Earth. What planet did the USA mission land on if it missed its target by thrice that distance?

  7. about 10 years ago on Cathy

    Macushlalondra said, about 4 hours ago

    “I have one pet peeve and everyone does it even in speech, that’s saying something like ‘He took a picture of my friend and I.’ Shouldn’t that be ‘my friend and me’?”

    Yes. You’d say “He took a picture of me”, not “He took a picture of I.” Adding “my friend” doesn’t affect the first-person object pronoun.

    (I realize you directed your question to LibrarianInTraining, but I have a degree in English and experience as a copy editor, so I feel qualified to respond.)

  8. about 10 years ago on Doonesbury

    RinaFarina said, about 17 hours ago

    “From what I remember of Doonesbury at the time of the Vietnam War, BD volunteered to join in order to get out of exams or a homework assignment or some such (he was definitely not drafted).”

    He volunteered in order to get out of doing a term paper.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B.D._(Doonesbury)

  9. about 10 years ago on Frank and Ernest

    bmonk said, about 2 hours ago

    “I’m walleyed at these crappy puns. ”

    Yes, they really smelt. You should carp about them.

  10. about 10 years ago on Close to Home

    The mere sight of the needle, and the damage done.