Season's greetings?

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Anonymous:
Which is correct:
Season's greetings
or
Seasons greetings ?
In my view, both are acceptable and both are quite common hits on Google.
Thanks,
Asif.
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Skitt:
[nq:1]Which is correct: Season's greetings or Seasons greetings ? In my view, both are acceptable and both are quite common hits on Google.[/nq]
Go with the first one. Ignore Google.

Skitt (in Hayward, California)
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Bill Bonde:
[nq:1]Which is correct: Season's greetings or Seasons greetings ? In my view, both are acceptable and both are quite common hits on Google.[/nq]
Doesn't google ignore the apostrophe?

Opening her own letter Dorothea saw that it was a lively continuation of his remonstrance with her fanatical sympathy and her want of sturdy neutral delight in things as they were—an outpouring of his young vivacity which it was impossible to read just now. -, "Middlemarch"
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Stan Brown:
[nq:1]Season's greetings Seasons greetings ? In my view, both are acceptable and both are quite common hits on Google.[/nq]
"Seasons", the plural, makes no sense as an adjective modifying "greetings". "Season's greetings" is a shortened form for "greetings of the season" and makes excellent sense.
The apostrophe is necessary; I don't care what you found in Google.

Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA http://oakroadsystems.com
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Steve MacGregor:
[nq:1]Which is correct: Season's greetings[/nq]
Yes: means the same as "Greetings of the season." Singular
[nq:1]Seasons greetings ?[/nq]
What seasons are you talking about? Plural doesn't make sense. But then neither does the plural in "Screenwriters Guild". I'd put an apostrophe there. To get the proper feel for this error, change "screenwriter" to "policeman": "Policemen Guild". Looks, sounds, and is ignorant.

Steve
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Raymond S. Wise:
You would put an apostrophe in "Season's greetings!" but you wouldn't put one in "Screenwriters Guild," would you, at least when referring to the Screenwriters Guild of America? To do so would make you look ignorant, just as would writing "Chamber's Dictionary" when referring to current editions of what is now called "Chambers Dictionary," or to use an example from here in the Twin Cities referring to a grocery store as "Lund's" when the name for the stores in that chain is now "Lunds."

Raymond S. Wise
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Adrian Bailey:
[nq:1]Which is correct: Season's greetings or Seasons greetings ? In my view, both are acceptable and both are quite common hits on Google.[/nq]
It should be "Seasons greeting's."
Adrian
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don groves:
[nq:2]Which is correct: Season's greetings or Seasons greetings ? In my view, both are acceptable and both are quite common hits on Google.[/nq]
[nq:1]It should be "Seasons greeting's."[/nq]
Why not? Here in the US, half the recipients wouldn't notice.
dg (domain=ccwebster)
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Ray Heindl:
[nq:2]Which is correct: Season's greetings or Seasons greetings ? In my view, both are acceptable and both are quite common hits on Google.[/nq]
[nq:1]Doesn't google ignore the apostrophe?[/nq]
Apparently not in this case, at least.
"seasons greetings": 254,000
"season's greetings": 326,000
"seasons' greetings": 254,000 (I prefer this version, just to be different)
I've noticed a couple times recently that Google pays attention to apostrophes. It seems that "'s" now has some significance to Google, though "s'" doesn't. Searching Google's site for "apostrophe" is fruitless, so I guess they don't want to tell us how they handle apostrophes.

Ray Heindl
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