As I was typing out a Fathers' Day message to my dad and brother, I noticed my iPhone tried to correct me. See, I like to use plural possessives for the following:
But Apple prefers the singular possessive, Father's Day.
Not true for Presidents' Day. For some reason, we have only one correction option, and the options aren't the same:
Here's a quick reminder in standard ' (apostrophe) use in North American English:
|Single owner/possessor||Rollie's mustache is glorious.||Rollie- Singular (one person owns the mustache)|
|Plural||The cats' litter box emitted odors.||Cats- Plural (a group owns the litter box)|
|Dual||Thelma and Louise's car was a beater.||Thelma and Louise-plural (two individuals own the car)|
I prefer the consistency of thinking the holiday is to celebrate being a father, not being my father. Same with presidents and moms. The plural possessive makes the holidays more universal. Apple's chosen grammar is saying that Presidents' Day is a day to celebrate presidents, but Father's Day is a day to celebrate (one) father, presumably yours. I like the universal version more, so that's what I use.