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This is the title of a short story I'm writing:

The Washing Machine Enigma

But I was wondering if I should call it

The Washing Machine's Enigma

Do both mean the same? Which one follows more proper English?

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You should probably add a hyphen in the first one: The Washing-Machine Enigma. –  Cerberus Jun 23 '13 at 19:34
    
If you are writing Big Bang Theory fanfic, definitely the first choice is better. –  MετάEd Jun 23 '13 at 20:07
    
@MετάEd Ha, why a Big Bang Theory fanfic? –  alexchenco Jun 23 '13 at 20:28
    
@Cerberus Unless of course what's involved is the extraordinary machine invented by Turing's colleague Washing, which contributed so critically to breaking the Enigma code. –  StoneyB Jun 23 '13 at 23:56
    
@StoneyB: Hmm my irony detector has a a day off today, and I lack any knowledge about Turing's colleagues...but then I'd call it Washing's Machine Enigma, if Machine Enigma means anything (it can't be *Washing's Machine called Enigma, after all). I read it as simple an enigma concerning one or more washing machines. –  Cerberus Jun 24 '13 at 1:09

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The Washing Machine Enigma is an enigma which somehow involves a washing machine.

The Washing Machine's Enigma would be an enigma which confronts or baffles a particular washing machine. That strikes me as unlikely -- unless of course the Washing Machine is a technical consortium which carries out money laundering for organized crime and terrorism.

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