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It’s Nose-Is-Running!

Seabrooke writes:

I came down with a cold this week, and in doing some research on just what the rate of sinus mucus production really is (’cause it seems to my poor nose like a quart a day), I stumbled across this seasonally-appropriate cartoon. Unless “Nose-Is-Running” is a new Native American-style name for the latest flu virus (probably the one I’ve caught!)…

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caphector says:

Thanks, I mis-read the strip. Embarrassed now…

Blue says:

Go Hannah!! LOL

hannah says:

dear caphector,
in case no one ever taught you, you only put an apostrophe in “it’s” when you are combining “it” and “is”. you leave out the apostrophe when refering to something belonging to it.

congratulations on passing English grammar

caphector says:

I’d swear this one is correct…”‘Flu” is short for “Influenza” and is common usage. “It’s” in this case is a pronoun referring back to “‘Flu”. If you substitute the referent for the pronoun, you get “[The ‘flu]’s nose is running”, which AFAIK is correct.

Of course, that’s just a complex way of explaining the its/it’s debate.

Rebekah says:

and what’s with the ‘flu?