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    Default Re: Labor's day or labor day?

    We have Mothers' Day to honor mothers, and Fathers' Day to honor fathers, and Veterans' Day to honor veterans. Yet with Labor Day, which honors those who labor, we have no apostrophe.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Labor's day or labor day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Because we don't say it that way.
    A good argument, but I'm afraid some students don't find it persuasive.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It is not a possessive.
    Some time in the seventies, when Harold Wilson (Labour) was Prime Minister, there was a political kerfuffle about a change from 'Whit Monday' (a Church occasion and a Bank Holiday) to 'the early Spring Bank Holiday' (the first Monday in May). Opponents of the change argued (foolishly) that this change was a veiled recognition of an occasion that somehow belonged to the Labour Party.

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    Default Re: Labor's day or labor day?

    I know people don't find it persuasive, but that's what "that's the idiomatic way to say it" comes down to. There is not a lot of logic in the way we handle these things. Generally, when one noun modifies another, we use the plain noun. Yet it's Veterans' Day. (Even less logically, many official sites have it has "Veteran's Day, as if there were only one.)
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    Default Re: Labor's day or labor day?

    Quote Originally Posted by gugugo View Post
    I wonder why the other option is wrong.
    Could it be because Labor is an abstract noun, whereas mother is a person? I mean, Laborers' Day would work, if it wasn't so hard to say and write.

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