I have the following sentence I've just seen, but I am pretty sure there should be no apostrophe on cahunas.

developers with cahuna's only need apply.

Any ideas, I think it should be:

developers with cahunas only need apply.

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    What the heck are cahunas? Do they mean cojones?
    – choster
    Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 14:51
  • @choster I have no idea! It could be changed for any word I guess in this instance. Guessing he meant this: urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cahunas Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 14:52
  • "Kahuna was the Hawaiian title for a shaman"
    – mplungjan
    Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 14:53
  • I'm guessing "cojones + kahuna" (wizard/boss testicles?) for some reason. I'd say no apostrophe, but the word order seems wrong in general.
    – Gob Ties
    Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 14:54
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    Is that a specific technology? Are they discriminating based on gender, or are they looking for a certain dare and do attitude? Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 15:00

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No apostrophe is needed there. Assuming "cahuna" is a thing, then it could read

Only developers with cahunas need apply.

The apostrophe would only be required to show letters have been removed e.g. "Don't" or to show possession. E.g. "Look at John's cahunas"

  • This is correct. Just to elaborate for others, the "thing" you speak of is, in fact, as Andreas Spaeth mentioned in his answer, "balls". I have only ever heard "cahunas" used in referring to "balls", in slang expressions referring to one's bravery. Based on the comments to the OP's question, I have no idea if cahunas is spelled correctly, but you can tell from the context in the question that only developers with some serious balls should be applying :)
    – Josh
    Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 16:29

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