We do Mom’s and Dad’s

Jeff writes:

I suppose it is possible that the sign is intended to read: “We do Mom’s hair and Dad’s hair too” — but given my experience of punctuation on Staten Island, I doubt it. The sign is the window of a barber shop specializing in childrens’ haircuts. To my son’s fury, they have seats shaped like cars, airplanes and fire trucks, but *not* like frogs.

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3 thoughts on “We do Mom’s and Dad’s

  1. We Do Mom’s and Dad’s (Hair cuts) too.

    NOT: “We do [have sexual intercourse with] mom’s and dad’s. In which case the apostrophe use would be wrong as it indicates ownership. Mom’s and Dad’s what? … “hair cuts” is the answer.

    This is just an object omission. The use of apostrophe with the absence of an object is correct via omission of obvious information. For instance: – the place is obviously a hair salon. I am a grammar teacher. 5 years now.

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