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Old 09-22-2007, 12:46 PM   #2
Michael Rowley
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Evidently the British do not have this problem. Safire says they instruct every newly appointed American ambassador to the Court of St. James’s to pronounce it as James-zzz.
There would be nothing wrong with the pronunciation, but it’s either the Court of St James or St James’s Court (though only the first is correct). One either says ‘of St James’ or ‘St James’s’, at least, in modern English.

There is a convention that only an apostrophe is set after an s, but there’s another convention that says the first is correct only after classical or biblical names, thus ‘Jesus' disciples’ but ‘St James’s followers’.

   
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