Hi, I am currently having a grammatical discussion at work regarding a medical condition called Cow's Milk Protein Allergy (which quite obviously is an allergy to the protein found in milk which comes from a cow.)
All current published literature that we can find uses: Cow's but we are wondering if it should be: Cows'
Any opinions greatly appreciated. Cheers P.S. I am UK based - are there American/UK differences with use of apostrophe??
may each have their proponent, I'd go with the currently used (published) term, even if you (or you as a group) don't like it. To do otherwise makes you (or your group) look like the incorrect ones. Is there an official institution that names these things? If so, use their term even if it doesn't coincide with "most published" or your likes.
"In considering the use of grammar as a corrective of what are called ‘ungrammatical’ expressions, it must be borne in mind that the rules of grammar have no value except as statements of facts: whatever is in general use in a language is for that very reason grammatically correct."
[Henry Sweet, 1891.]