Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:22:52 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Arnold Nelson"
To: "WSJ Letters"
Subject: Does the Journal have trouble with apostrophes, too?
Chicago, Thursday PM, August 21, 2008
Editors, Wall Street Journal
A paragraph titled 'Thailand' in your fine Thursday, August 21 article "When [Olympic] Gold Turns Green" has a sentence referring to a Thai weight lifter: "The 24-year-old is the countries lone gold of these Games." "Countries"? Say it ain't so, WSJ. Since it's the possessive of "country" not a number of "countries", it should be "country's", not "countries".
Arnold H. Nelson 5056 North Marine Drive Chicago IL
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 17:57
From: "Martin-Sr, Paul" <Paul.Martin-Sr@wsj.com>
Subject: RE: Does the Journal have trouble with apostrophes, too?
Thank you for your note about the misuse of “countries” for “country’s” in the Journal article.
We appreciate readers like you who hold us to high standards -- especially when their notes are as gracious as yours.
Sincerely, Paul Martin WSJ stylebook editor