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#1 2009-06-14 13:38:08

Registered: 2009-06-14
Posts: 1

whits vs. wit's - which is it?

I saw this phrase on a local tv news station website:

”...a free respite day care for parents who are at their whits end.”
For reference, here is the URL: … difference

Should this be “wit’s end” or is “whits end” proper?




#2 2009-06-14 13:51:44

Registered: 2006-08-08
Posts: 1455

Re: whits vs. wit's - which is it?

For reference, we did previously discuss a wit/whit substitution in the forum… … hp?id=2037

It might not be applicable, or it might shed some light on this discussion.

I don’t know how to activate the link, but you can copy it to your command line
or start from scratch by clicking on the “Search” option on the red menu bar
at the top of this page: A single word search of the word whit will bring up
the thread.



#3 2009-08-20 15:03:38

Registered: 2009-08-20
Posts: 1

Re: whits vs. wit's - which is it?

It is wit’s end which means the end of one’s emotional resources.



#4 2009-10-07 18:16:29

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1804

Re: whits vs. wit's - which is it?

Wouldn’t it be intellectual resources? (Your wits are more closely associated with your brains than your heart.)
There is the singular/plural thing to deal with. For me it could be the end of my wit or the end of my wits, thus either wit’s or wits’ end.

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2009-10-07 18:18:15)

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



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