consists. Overshoes, for instance, should be so styled, and not called either rubbers or gums.
rugged, hardy: Rugged in the sense of robust, as in health, is an undesirable Americanism for it means primarily "superficially rough, broken irregularly; as rugged cliffs." Hardy means inured as to toil, exposure, or want.
"The sign or suffix of the possessive or genitive case singular and of the same case plural when the noun ends in n
; as, men's lives; children's books; shortened since the 17th century from Middle English -es
. The apostrophe now replaces the e
. Some words ending in a sibilant omit the s
of the possessive to avoid the disagreeable repetition of a hissing sound. The rules formulated for this work are as follow: (1) Singular monosyllabic nouns ending in a sibilant sound (s
, or dental ge
) add the apostrophe and s
except when the following word begins with a sibilant sound; as, James's
hat; a fox'
skin. (2) Singular dissyllabic nouns ending in a sibilant sound add the apostrophe and s
, unless the sibilant is followed by another sibilant or the last syllable is unaccented; as, Porus'
fate. (3) Singular polysyllabic nouns ending in a sibilant sound add the apostrophe and s
only when a principal or