1. jakeybum

    jakeybum Active Member

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    Possessive of quoted title (only in journalism)

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by jakeybum, May 30, 2017.

    The Associated Press (they never use italics) punctuates the possessive of titles in quotes like this:

    "Jeopardy!'s" subtleties of language ... .

    If a question mark were used, would we do the possessive of the title in quotes like this (that is, with the apostrophe + s after the question mark, and then double quote marks after the possessive s).

    "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'s" followers ... .
     
  2. jakeybum

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    I cannot find a relevant example in the style book, but that is an actual excerpt by AP with "Jeopardy!'s" punctuation.
     
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    Sounds wrong to me...

    "Jeopardy!" 's subtleties of language...because the possessive apostrophized s isn't part of the title.

    Although I'd prefer it as...

    Jeopardy's subtleties of language.
    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'s followers...
     

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