Possession Is Nine-Tenths of MTG

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In my role at, I've noticed that 90 percent of editing is fixing commas and apostrophes. Be it the differences between its and it's and its' (the last of which isn't even a thing),  or my strong belief in the Oxford comma (I give a $&@#), this is the glamorous job I get to handle nearly every day. It's truly exhilarating stuff.

It's also made me realize that most people don't really have a clue about using possessive apostrophes. And I can understand why: in elementary school, I remember pretty clearly my teacher telling the class that when showing possession in a word ending with "S", we use only an apostrophe. If your public education was like my public education, then our teachers' lessons (see what I did there?) probably stopped there.

But they shouldn't have! If a proper name ends in "S", then we add an apostrophe and another "S". So if I was to tell you that Brahms's first cello sonata is a badass piece of music, I would say that Brahms's first cello sonata is a badass piece of music.

Thankfully, Wizards of the Coast has Del Laugel, the senior editor for MTG (and wife of Randy Buehler—which, in case you ever wondered, is the reason Buehler is not back on the Pro Tour circuit despite not working for WOTC since 2009). Laugel leads a small team of editors in a huge undertaking: editing every card, insert, piece of packaging material, and anything else related to MTG products. Magic's editorial team does great work, as evidenced by the fact that something like this is so exceedingly rare:

Do you see it?

It's hard to point out errors on MTG cards because the editing team is so on top of its game. And because Laugel knows what she's doing, she ensures that MTG uses apostrophes correctly. Want proof? Here you go:

monssgoblinraiders rakdossreturn laquatusschampion

mogissmarauder erebossemissary crosissattendant

I like to give credit where credit is due, and today, that credit goes to Del Laugel.

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Danny Brown

Danny is a Cube enthusiast and the former Director of Content for Quiet Speculation.

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4 thoughts on “Possession Is Nine-Tenths of MTG

  1. Your stock just went way up in my book with the Brahms reference and clip. I play and teach trombone for a living, and we steal that piece from time to time. Can’t quite do it justice on trombone, but still very bad ass.

    I’m also kind of a grammar fiend. Mom taught English, and was picky with us. Keep up the good work.

    (Just proofread this post six times.)

  2. Nice article, Danny! One thing, if you haven’t already noticed, the ‘i’ in ‘is’ in your article title should probably be capitalized if follows a particular style’s title capitalization rules.


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