Possession. 6:12:02 PM 12/1/2011
You know what really grinds my gears? Old people. But that's not what this is about. This is about when people add an unnecessary "'s" to the end of an establishment's name. I don't know how it got started, but everyone does it.

Many places use this construct intentionally, such as Applebee's. The idea here is that someone named "Applebee" started or owned the restaurant at some point. Hence, you add the apostrophe s to show ownership. Whether or not this Applebee person exists is irrelevant; the point is that the name is possessive. Also, Applebee's sucks.

Perhaps the place I most often hear this mistake applied to is Mount Lookout Tavern. People abbreviate it and then add an apostrophe s on the end for unknown reasons. The result: MLT's. Mount Lookout Tavern's... what? What does the building possess? Just call it MLT. Fewer letters and everything. I once called Josh V. out on this when he said that he "went to MLT's". He made up some crappy excuse that he was implying that he went to Mount Lookout Tavern's trivia night. That's a Luke-style excuse.

Another big one is "Kroger's". This would actually make sense because the founder is a person named Kroger and he possessed the chain. But guess what - there is no apostrophe s on the end of the name, so it's still wrong.

Finally, I was at Chipotle the other day and a woman was talking on her phone and ordering at the same time (another cause for rage, but I "disgress"). She said to the person on the phone that she was at "Chipotle's". I haven't been so disgusted in a long time.

Now I'm going to leave Katzen's and go to stupid horking Kroger's beacause I have no food. I might also have to stop at Speedway's, as I'm getting low on gas and haven't been accosted for money yet this week. On the plus side, tomorrow is Friday, so I'll go to Skyline's for lunch.

Ok, enough.

3 responses to "Possession."

    12/7/2011 11:26:43 PM
True, Applebee's is no Butterbee's.
    12/8/2011 3:50:40 PM
You know what really grind's my gears?
    12/19/2011 10:31:16 AM
Josh's excuse sounds good to me.

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