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    Question Proper improper use of an apostrophe

    Hello everyone. So here's the deal. I'm trying to come up with a band name that uses the word, "nobody's." Truth is, there is no band, it's just me. I am fully aware of 'nobodies' but to me, 'RD & the Nobody's' simply looks better and may even have a subtle difference in pronunciation compared to nobodies. I'm not trying to show ownership, I just want pluralization with the nobody without the 'ies'...Could this be acceptable?
    -thank you, I appreciate any insight

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    Re: Proper improper use of an apostrophe

    Hello Azero, and welcome to the forum.
    I can't see a pronunciation difference between "nobodies" and "nobody's". However, I would not use "nobody's" in your context. I can't see anything wrong with "nobodies."

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    Re: Proper improper use of an apostrophe

    There's no difference in pronunciation. If you use nobody's as a plural, people who care and notice such things will think you don't know where to use apostrophes.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: Proper improper use of an apostrophe

    I wonder why you think nobody's looks better? To us it looks wrong.

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    #5

    Re: Proper improper use of an apostrophe

    It's rock and roll. Not exactly sticklers for grammar.

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    Re: Proper improper use of an apostrophe

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's rock and roll. Not exactly sticklers for grammar.
    That should be rock 'n' roll.

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    #7

    Re: Proper improper use of an apostrophe

    If you don't want to use "Nobodies", I'd go with "Nobodys" (no apostrophe). It's an incorrect spelling but that doesn't matter much. It will cause a lot less confusion than the version with the apostrophe.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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