Um, you idiots know that you still add an ‘S’ at the end if the word ending in ‘s’ is not plural right? To show posession? You don’t just NOT add an S because there’s an S there. Illinois is a proper, singular noun. You guys are f*cking stupid. This tattoo is accurate and is on here for no reason.
If your last name was Dickens, you would say “This is Dickens’s finest work.”
If your last name was Thompson, and you’re talking about more than one, you would say “This is the Thompsons’ house.”
Use the apostrophe to show possession. Place the apostrophe before the s to show singular possession.
one boy’s hat
one woman’s hat
one actress’s hat
one child’s hat
Ms. Chang’s house
NOTE: Although names ending in s or an s sound are not required to have the second s added in possessive form, it is preferred.
Mr. Jones’s golf clubs
Ms. Straus’s daughter
Jose Sanchez’s artwork
Dr. Hastings’s appointment (name is Hastings)
Mrs. Lees’s books (name is Lees)
The grammatically correct possessive form of Illinois would be Illinois’s. The first s is silent, pronounced normally il-li-noy. So it would be pronounced il-li–noise in the possessive form. Also words ending in s are required to have the apostrophe and the extra s afterwards when denoting the possessive. The s isn’t representing a contraction. I’m from Illinois and it drives me nuts when I see Illinois’.
Fact: The submitter is an idiot and has no grammar. And neither do the people who go through these photos. “Illinois” is singular so “Illinois’s” would be correct even though it looks funny. Granted the entire thing sounds funny when you say it out loud…
Whether it is spelled right or wrong isn’t the real problem. The bottom line is that is a piece of sh!t idea of a tattoo to ruin your body with. Now go show the rest of the world your poor taste and high self-esteem and don’t forget to tell them where you came from. Cheerio, mate!
Stephen King addressed this issue in his book, “On Writing.” He says if it is posessive, always always use ‘s, even if the word/name ends with an s already. The only reason you’d write an apostrophe without an s is when you are using the posessive of a plural word, for example: the houses’ lights were beautiful. The more you know!
This tattoo is a bad idea but not grammatically incorrect. The idea of dropping the extra s after possessive apostrophes was developed be newspapers to save space in printing. But just because that is the common usage does not mean that “Illinois’s” is incorrect.
Sorry, but the correct spelling would STILL be, Illinois’ finest. This would STILL be pronounced as “Illi-noise”finest. And that is that. Argue all you want, but if you are saying you are the finest in Illinois, you would only put the apostrophe WITH NO SECOND S.
Words that end in S, regardless of whether they are proper nouns and regardless of whether they are plural or singular nouns, can either end with just the apostrophe or with the apostrophe and the S. One of my favorite English professors said to write it how you would say it. It does look funny in this tat, and I can understand where some see it as a contraction for “Illinois is finest” but that adds a whole new level of WTF if it is a contraction. It does seem like quite a few grammarians (both of the amateur and professional variety) are browsing wtftattoos.com, but I suppose that is because there is nothing more hilarious than an error which is no longer editable.