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Apostrophe Catastrophe: A Promising Development

Two of my grammar bugaboos: using the apostrophe to pluralize a family name (a Christmas letter “from the Smith’s”), and using it’s as a possessive pronoun. Just saw an egregious abuse of the latter the other day, but I won’t share the story, for fear of embarrassing the institution where it occurred.

Apparently, I’m not alone. Here’s a new blog that I intend to follow: Apostrophe Catastrophe. Rachel will no doubt chronicle the manifold public abuses of apostrophes that she finds. I also expect she’ll get a lot of contributions.

Anal retentiveness lives!

(Hat tip: Education Wonks)

2 Responses to “Apostrophe Catastrophe: A Promising Development”

  1. Robert Says:

    We’re on the same page with the spelling thing. I have a new post about spelling, by the way.

    And I’m happy to say that the two students who generated all the misspellings in linear algebra were perfect in that regard on this week’s homework. So a little friendly pressure goes a long way.

  2. EdWonk Says:

    Thanks for the link!

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