There’s a lot of drama in that structure – it’s like watching a big, polite and calm man slowly get provoked by the pest who’s been poking him in the chest, then standing up and slugging the dude. Repeatedly.
So the fact that we’re honoring two presidents – plural, not singular — means that the proper construction is Presidents’ Day. Alternatively you could write Presidents Day – a modern way of dealing with the confusion that is the apostrophe. But it’s plain wrong to call it President’s Day because it is not about a single president.
Suppose your last name is Ford — common enough, right? — and you have developed a cutting-edge vehicle that runs on solar power. You’ve decided you’re going to call it the Ford Solar Car. Assuming that magically you could make all trademark infringement issues disappear, would you really call anything automotive-related a “Ford”? No, you […]
We remember simple expressions better than complex ones. As evidence of that, I’ve posted some samples on the site under the heading “What if they hadn’t said it simply?” and here’s another one that will soon join the existing ones. The setting: A televised murder trial of international interest The trial lawyer in question happened […]
Presidents Day or Presidents’ Day — that’s the correct way of spelling the holiday. So why do 5 states say the name of the holiday is President’s Day?