User talk:X Stickman
- I got "shaky home theater system" and I really liked that. Congrats, X person, you made me laugh completely randomly via your talk page! ħuman 04:01, 6 August 2009 (UTC)
- I am immensely confused. X Stickman (talk) 15:28, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
I normally turn my nose up at jars of curry sauce, preferring to do a bit more "low-level" cooking myself, but my missus recently discovered Patak's Karai sauce, which is a deliciously hot and tangy-tomatoey one. Now, the reason I post this here on your talk page is because when I read 'Karai', I read it as a west-midlander saying "Curry". Yam bugger! DeltaStarSenior SysopSpeciationspeed! 02:08, 18 May 2010 (UTC)
- When I moved to university, right, I started cooking curries like all the time, and the Karai sauce was my favourite damn one. And then it just disappeared from the shelves of all the shops near me, and now I'm back in the west midlands, I still can't find any. And it's driving me mad. Because it is the most awesome sauce ever. X Stickman (talk) 11:20, 18 May 2010 (UTC)
 The possessive form of a noun ending in "s".
It's simple, just add apostrophe "s". It matters not whether a singular noun (proper or otherwise) ends in an "s", you always add apostrophe "s". Just adding an apostrophe is not acceptable, regardless of what Septics might tell you. The obsession belonging to Mikalos is Mikalos's obsession. Do not hesitate to contact me for all your pedantic grammar needs! DeltaStarSenior SysopSpeciationspeed! 18:47, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
- I just got English'd in the face. X Stickman (talk) 18:53, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
- We've been though this before and generated more heat than light. It depends on the authority you listen to. Consider Dawkins. Many people (such as the good folks at Wikipedia Wikipedia) write the possessive as "Dawkins'". Or for that matter "Jesus" and are we going to have Achilles's tendon?
- There is also the question of whether you are going for "prescriptive grammar" (the rules came from God and you can't change them - more popular in the US) or "descriptive grammar" (this is what people do so you can too - more popular in the UK). --BobSpring is sprung! 19:11, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
- It all depends on who you follow. In Grad school, we follow Chicago Manual of Style, where it's the "smith's" yard, but the Jones'" yard. Jesus' cloak. and Judas' dagger. I dislike that, but that is the formal style for most academics in the US. stolen from wiki:
Singular nouns ending with an "s" or "z" sound
This subsection deals with singular nouns pronounced with a sibilant sound at the end: /s/ or /z/. The spelling of these ends with -s, -se, -z, -ze, -ce, -x, or -xe.
Many respected authorities have required that practically all singular nouns, including those ending with a sibilant sound, have possessive forms with an extra s after the apostrophe so that the spelling reflects the underlying pronunciation. Examples include Oxford University Press, the Modern Language Association, and The Economist. Such authorities demand possessive singulars like these: Senator Jones's umbrella; Mephistopheles's cat. However, some contemporary writers omit the extra s in all cases, and The Chicago Manual of Styleallows this as an "alternative practice". Generally, The Chicago Manual of Style is in line with the majority of current guides, and recommends the traditional practice but provides for several exceptions to accommodate spoken usage, including the omission of the extra s after a polysyllabic word ending in a sibilant. Rules that modify or extend the standard principle have included the following:
If the singular possessive is difficult or awkward to pronounce with an added sibilant, do not add an extra s; these exceptions are supported by The Guardian, Emory University's writing center, and The American Heritage Book of English Usage. Such sources permit possessive singulars like these: Socrates' later suggestion; James's house, or James' house, depending on which pronunciation is intended. Classical, biblical, and similar names ending in a sibilant, especially if they are polysyllabic, do not take an added s in the possessive; among sources giving exceptions of this kind areThe Times and The Elements of Style, which make general stipulations, and Vanderbilt University, which mentions only Moses and Jesus. As a particular case, Jesus' is very commonly written instead of Jesus's – even by people who would otherwise add 's in, for example, James's or Chris's. Jesus' is referred to as "an accepted liturgical archaism" in Hart's Rules.
Similar examples of notable names ending in an s that are often given a possessive apostrophe with no additional s include Dickens and Williams. There is often a policy of leaving off the additional s on any such name, but this can prove problematic when specific names are contradictory (for example, St James' Park in Newcastle [the football ground] and the area of St. James's Park in London). For more details on practice with geographic names, see the relevant section below.
Some writers like to reflect standard spoken practice in cases like these with sake: for convenience' sake, for goodness' sake, for appearance' sake, for compromise' sake, etc. This punctuation is preferred in major style guides. Others prefer to add 's: for convenience's sake. Still others prefer to omit the apostrophe when there is an s sound before sake: for morality's sake, but for convenience sake.
- Fucking bollocks. Apostrophe "s" every fucking time. Who won the bloody war anyway? DeltaStarSenior SysopSpeciationspeed! 20:26, 30 August 2011 (UTC)
 Your name.
- No. I just used to draw stickmen everywhere (even now I do) and Xs are totally rad and awesome. That... that is about as complex as my username is. X Stickman (talk) 22:22, 16 December 2011 (UTC)