Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A grammarian's nightmare

OK, guys, you'll notice that I just used the phrase "slim pickins" in the previous post. If you consider yourself a wordsmith, please carefully consider the following quandary and respond with all dispatch:

Is it "slim pickens?" Or is it "slim pickins?" Or "slim pickin's?"

It's a Southern phrase, of course, so dropping the 'g,' as all good Southerners do, would seem to require the apostrophe. But then it looks like a possessive -- and there's nothing I hate more than a misplaced apostrophe, especially with possessives.

HELP! I'm developing a twitch.