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September 10, 2003

Attention all webloggers. The name of the American book-publishing industry trade magazine is Publishers Weekly. Not “Publisher’s Weekly.” That is all. [10:26 AM]
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David Moles ::: (view all by) ::: September 10, 2003, 12:47 PM:

Without an apostrophe anywhere, I’m having trouble interpreting the title in any way that doesn’t seem to imply, e.g., pin-ups of Tom Doherty.

Chris Quinones ::: (view all by) ::: September 10, 2003, 01:40 PM:

This morning en route to work I pased by the new Talbots Mens store on Madison and 54th. Yes, Mens has no apostrophe. I despair.

rea ::: (view all by) ::: September 10, 2003, 01:51 PM:

Publishers, weakly?

colleen @ del rey ::: (view all by) ::: September 10, 2003, 06:05 PM:

Nearly snorted coffee out of my nose when I read that. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to correct that typo on the press releases written by assistants...too funny!

Colleen

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: September 10, 2003, 07:12 PM:

Del Rey reads Electrolite! Hi there, say hello to Shelly, Betsy, and Steve.

David Moles ::: (view all by) ::: September 10, 2003, 07:33 PM:

Chris, maybe they mean mens as in the Latin word for “mind”.

Either that, or it’s just that all the extra apostrophes have to come from somewhere.

Paul Hoffman ::: (view all by) ::: September 10, 2003, 07:44 PM:

Years ago when I was in the book field (albeit mostly doing dweeb books), and PW was always kissing up to the Big New York Houses, other publishers would refer to it as "Publishers Weak Knees".

David Levine ::: (view all by) ::: September 10, 2003, 10:49 PM:

This reminds me of a pair of questions that have come up here recently...

Dealers' Room, Dealer's Room, or Dealers Room?

Writers' Workshop, Writer's Workshop, or Writers Workshop?

cd ::: (view all by) ::: September 11, 2003, 04:26 PM:

David: My response would be "yes, no, no" and "yes, no, no," respectively. Multiple entities, possessive (if that's the correct term for it -- be warned that it's been on the order of seven years since I studied any kind of language, except programming ones, and that only lasted a year (and I didn't learn much, or retain anything)).

David Moles ::: (view all by) ::: September 11, 2003, 04:33 PM:

There’s nothing particularly wrong with Dealers Room — syntactically it’s no different from. say, drinks cabinet. But I think most Americans who mean to mean what Dealers Room would mean, would probably say Dealer Room instead.

Joe Slater ::: (view all by) ::: September 14, 2003, 04:30 AM:

Shouldn't that be "Publishers' Weekly", not "Publisher's Weekly"? It is "the weekly belonging to many publishers".

jds

Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: September 14, 2003, 09:30 AM:

Joe, if the magazine's title were "P'ub'lis'her's Weeee'kly," that would be correct usage for anyone writing about it, abomination though it is. But the actual title is not such an abomination; think of it by analogy to "Dogs Weekly" or "Houses Weekly," both nonexistent AFAIK; it's a weekly ABOUT publishers.

If not, they screwed up. But they're entitled to screw up if they want.