A faithful reader shared this with us. We couldn’t resist sharing it with you … enjoy!
Candidates for the therapy of GRAMMARHOLICS (not so) ANONYMOUS … ? Virtual meetings are available regularly!
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Oh my … really? What is our language coming to?
See our series on Nouns gone bad:
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We did a little research on apostrophe use in Mother’s Day and Father’s Day messages floating around cyberspace and …
By far, there were more mistake’s for Mother’s than there were foul up’s for Father’s … (of course, our apostrophe abuse is intentional here).
We thought you might get a chuckle at some of our findings, so, here you go:
Therefore, today’s punctuation concentration is on avoiding that embarassing apostrophe catastrophe …
To start, let’s define this little character:
apostrophe. noun. a mark of punctuation ( ‘ )used to indicate possessive case or omission of one or more letter(s) from a word.
You may see some sources state that the apostrophe is also used for indicating plurals of abbreviations, acronyms and symbols. We heartily disagree with this usage — we feel that this practice is outdated.
We do like Grammar Book’s baker’s dozen of Rules for Apostrophes, so we’ll refer you to their site for the full details and just give you a summary here, with one addition from us:
Our Apostrophe Rule:
0. Do not use an apostrophe to form a plural. This goes for words, symbols, abbreviations, and acronyms. * (This is related to Rules 5. – names, and 11. – CAPS & numbers used as nouns, below, but more encompassing.)
* Here are examples of misuse according to our rule:
Grammar Book’s Apostrophe Rules:
Speaking of rules … we like this … from Trevor Coultart:
Should be its.
Sources: GrammarBook.com, Flickr
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So, what is it with this tendency to apostrophize plurals? We don’t get it. Do you?
This is just another example of apostrophailure.
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One of our favorite things to do is shop for office supplies. Imagine our delight at finding this entry in the OfficeMax catalog:
OfficeMax Invisible Tape Dispensers
Are these as as out-of-sight as the OfficeMax Invisible Boxed Tape that goes in the invisible dispenser? We just couldn’t see our way clear to order one. Maybe these stealth supplies would make for a very clean desk?
In case you don’t get it, consider these alternatives:
OfficeMax Dispensers for Invisible Tape, and OfficeMax Boxed Invisible Tape. This way, the reader will know that it’s the tape that is invisible, not the dispenser or the box.
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In honor of Earth Day, here’s a green grammar gaffe for you.
We contend that one of two alternatives is preferable …
1. “RESERVED PARKING FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY VEHICLE, or
2. “RESERVED PARKING FOR HIGHLY-EFFICIENT VEHICLE”
Your thoughts? Please comment.
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