(lower case, upper case S)
- The nineteenth letter of the English alphabet, called ess and written in the Latin script.
lower case (upper case S)
- The ordinal number nineteenth, derived from this letter of the English alphabet, called ess and written in the Latin script.
Traditionally, the possessives of classical and Biblical names ending in s, such as Archimedes and Jesus, are written without a final “s”.This can lead to confusion, especially in print, since in this case, s’ it is not indicating a plural noun.
- Archimedes’ Principle
- Jesus’ disciples
For current usage, the above rule (for example, with regard to the Spanish given name Jesus) does not need to be applied as it is not occurring in a Biblical or classical context.
- This is Jesus Ramirez, and this is Jesus’s wife.
Please see also Usage notes for ’s for further clarification.
This comes from the command s, originally in ed but found in Perl, to replace one string with another. Although the command does not require slashes — other punctuation can be used — in this informal (i.e., outside of scripting) verb slashes are virtually universally used.
In the original command, a trailing g means that the change in strings should be effected every time the first string appears (not just the first time it appears); this g is often used in this informal verb also, as described in the usage note below.