Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 18:20:20 +1000
From: John Pascoe <awpascoe at bigpond net au>
Subject: English contractions.80
In the abovementioned list the word "dog'sbane" occurs.
Definitely not a contraction. Your software perhaps regards all mid-word apostrophes as contraction indicators in which case this type of error could
be repeated with other words.
My Shorter Oxford and Chambers dictionaries both list "dogbane" and "dog's bane".
Worldbook Dictionary ( my "American dictionary") lists "dogbane" and "dog's-bane".
No dictionary that I have access to lists the form quoted at the top so I'm not even sure that it is a valid possessive.