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CNN Discovers New English Word: ‘Whom’s’

• February 11, 2017 7:58 pm

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Continuing what has been a scoop-filled banner year for the Atlanta-based media company's ‘Money' vertical, reporters at CNN discovered a new word Friday: "whom's."

It was in the course of their research into the background of Andrew Puzder, the former CEO of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants and President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Department of Labor, that Andrew Kaczynski, a.k.a., "K-File," formerly of Buzzfeed, and Chris Massie appear to have stumbled upon the hitherto unknown English determiner:

The ads were too much for Thomas Aquinas College, the California Catholic school, on whom's board Puzder had served since 1998. Shortly after the ads launched in late 2003, Puzder resigned from his board seat under pressure from the university. Puzder had inherited the board seat from Carl's Jr. founder Carl Karcher, a devout Catholic, when Karcher retired.

The newly identified vocable, which does not appear in any reference work, including the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary, is believed by CNN to take an apostrophe.