Not so. The apostrophe has more than one use.
In this case it denotes that something is missing, i.e. the "flower" part
of Cauliflower. Therefore cauli' is correct. Same with
'bus = Omnibus
taxi' =taximeter cabriolet
and pram' = perambulator.
Is uppose bra' being short for brassiere would be correct too,
and my original example of photo' would also be appropriate.
Many of these longer words have of course long since dropped
from our vocabulary so it just depends how picky you want to be.
Did you even read my post?
Six words, and you didn't bother reading them?
Cauli's is acceptable ONLY IF you use cauli' as the singular.
I don't, and I'm prepared to bet you don't either.
The apostrophe does indeed have many uses, but forming a plural is not
one of them.
That picky enough for you?
I'm starting to think I'm going to apply to the Arts Council for a grant
to be the Apostropher Royal for the year. I'd dress up like the beadle
from Oliver and tour the land with a bell and a paintbrush on a stick.
I'd ammend signage and then call attention to the offence with my bell
and deliver a short treatise on what was wrong and why it's now correct.
We have always been at war with Iran. [George Orwell - almost]
Not only are you rude, Ian, you are also wrong.
"Cauli's" is perfectly acceptable as a pleural, the apostrophe denotes the
missing "flower" part of the word. Therefore
"cauli's" equals "cauliflowers".
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