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)