Kingsley Amis, on being challenged ….

….to produce a sentence whose meaning depended on a possessive apostrophe, came up with:

  • Those things over there are my husband’s. (Those things over there belong to my husband.)
  • Those things over there are my husbands’. (Those things over there belong to several husbands of mine.)
  • Those things over there are my husbands. (I’m married to those men over there.)
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One Response to Kingsley Amis, on being challenged ….

  1. nathalie says:

    I have no problem with having several husbands but calling them “things” ?!

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