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A while back, I don't remember how far back and I'm too lazy/busy/uninterested to check, I floated the idea that most of us are wrong when we refer to a California license to drive as a "Driver's License." The reason I said we were wrong is because we were. And if we're still saying "Driver's License," then we're still wrong.
When I blogged about it, irritated people crawled out of the woodwork and accused me of being an idiot, which I can be, and ignorant, which I have been and will be.
The most irritated woodwork dwellers appeared to be those who disagreed with my main reason for adopting the singular "Driver License" as opposed to going with the unenlightened "Driver's License."
My reasoning was simple: That's what the state named it. That's what the CHP calls it. That's what it says on the license itself. People said, "Oh, so you're going to call it what idiot bureaucrats call it?" Yeah, I guess so, if that's how you want to put it.
Interestingly, my argument was embraced by many in the media and even a few talk show hosts here at KFI. The correct term "Driver License" began spreading like molasses, slowly coating the region with thick, sweet reality.
Eventually, many of the enlightened bowed to the peer pressure of those who wanted to keep using the term "Driver's License" because, as the woodwork dwellers screamed, "That's what it should be!"
Now that "Driver's Licenses" are back in the news --as you may know the state's going to allow illegal immigrants to get them-- it's time to refer to them as they refer to themselves: Driver License. Or, when you need the plural: Driver Licenses.
I know, this state and that state call them "Driver's Licenses." And the state bureaucrats are so incompetent that we shouldn't refer to the license the way the state does. Those are both very compelling arguments. So compelling, in fact, that I'm going to repeat: It's Driver License.
Look at yours.