Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Apostrophe: It's "EMPLOYEES ONLY" - Not "EMPLOYEE'S ONLY"

"Apostrophes"
Not a Potted Plant (July 8, 2008)

"I spend a lot of my day reading over evidence. Letters, memos, e-mail, things like that. So I see how a wide range of people write, in settings both formal and candid. And for some reason, a large number of people seem to actively resist the correct use of apostrophes.

"Misapostrophication is a sin of language, it irritates me like head lice, and it needs to be stamped out. Apostrophes are not that difficult. ("Apostrophes" are punctuation marks, not the name of a Greek philosopher.) Here are the rules, and there are only two of them."

It's good to know that I'm not the only one who's noticed the misuse of apostrophes.

2 comments:

Chief said...

That is one of my pet peeves as well. I still remember my high school cafeteria serving "Taco's".

Tragedy of the Commons

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

Chief,

I think the apostrophe-with-plural-form may be a sort of hypercorrectness. (Sort of like the comic British butler who hattached han haich before hevery hutterance which began with a vowel - overcorreting his Cockney roots.)

"Tragedy of the Commons?" I'll check that out.

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