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Recently I saw an sign at a barber shop on which I read on bold letters:

"Men's only"

Is this a correct writing?

I think that it has to be "Men only" to make clear that it is a barber shop for men only.

Or am I wrong and this spelling is correct and means something I don't know?

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It is fine.

"Men only" would be ambiguous. Is it a barber shop that only provides its services to men? Or are women and children not allowed in the shop? What if a man comes in with his little daughter? Will the little girl not be allowed to enter the shop?

"Men's only" works fine because it means "Men's [haircut] only". So, yes, your wife and child can accompany you, but they can't get a haircut in that shop.

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    Well, they could probably get what some would call a men's cut. – Davo Sep 28 at 20:59

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