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Which is right: dad's corner or dads' corner? I see dad's corner used regularly so I am assuming that's right, but in my mind dad's is singular whereas the corner belongs to multiple dads as it's a place for dads to go to meet.

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Both are grammatically correct but they have different meanings:

  • Dad's corner - a corner for a father
  • Dads' corner - a corner for many fathers

A useful comparison is Father's Day (or Mother's Day). It's a day to appreciate many fathers, but is written this way as it's a usually day to appreciate one father at a time. This is a generic plural.

Another example is Dad's Army, the name of a sitcom about the Home Guard during the Second World War.

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Private Eye had a long correspondence about whether one part of the letters column should be called "Pedants' Corner' or 'Pedant's Corner'. It is now called 'Pedantry Corner'. – TimLymington Nov 4 '11 at 14:33
Thanks for this, guess I'll go with dad's corner – Ashley Nov 4 '11 at 14:45
If there were any sanity in the world, we'd write 'dads corner' and allow the context to determine the sense. – Barrie England Nov 4 '11 at 15:54
@Barrie: like Finnegans Wake? – TimLymington Dec 1 '11 at 14:09

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