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the sign (‘), as used: to indicate the omission of one or more letters in a word, whether unpronounced, as in o’er for over, or pronounced, as in gov’t for government; to indicate the possessive case, as in man’s; or to indicate plurals of abbreviations and symbols, as in several M.D.’s, 3’s.

It does not mean “look out, here comes an S!”

It really peeves me when people, especially people I know, use apostrophes gratuitously (i.e. “apostrophe’s”).

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  • gamerchick02  On January 12, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I definitely agree. I have some friends and former co-workers that do this and I have to keep my mouth shut and my itchy fingers off the keyboard to keep from ripping apart their apostrophe use.

    Have you read “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” by Lynne Truss? I think you’d get a kick out of it.


    • wolfger  On January 12, 2009 at 9:46 am

      I have not read that book, but I’ve heard of it before and it is (or should be) on my Amazon wish list.

  • Jay  On January 12, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    And I wonder, “Do I count as someone you know? Should I proofread my recent posts?”


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