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    Stop the abuse!

    There is widespread abuse going on and it must stop. What is being abused? The apostrophe. This poor little punctuation mark has been abused more than any other, always being put in places it doesn't belong. Stopping the abuse really isn't that hard either. Here are three simple ways you can do your part.

    1. The apostrophe doesn't make things plural. More than one apple is apples, not apple's. I have several DVDs at home, not DVD's.

    2. If something is a plural and you need to make it possessive, the apostrophe is quite adequate for the job without an additional s thrown in. I have seen the Jones' new car, not the Jones's new car.

    3. Know which words are contractions and which ones aren't. It's appropriate to put the apostrophe in its right place.

    Now how hard is that? Three simple steps to stop the abuse of the apostrophe. We all have to do our part.
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    Re: Stop the abuse!

    Feel better?
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    Re: Stop the abuse!

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Feel better?
    Yes. I had to get it out of my system.
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    Re: Stop the abuse!

    Man, I'm with you, ORH. My neighborhood's civic league newsletter reads "Happy Holiday's." Misplaced apostrophes give me little panic attacks.
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    Re: Stop the abuse!

    Here is a one of the paid advertisers from the Web site for my son's baseball league:

    http://slyb.org/index.cfm/SportDVD's.html

    I know the guy and the poor SOB even has business cards to match this logo....I have never had the heart to break it to him.
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    Re: Stop the abuse!

    You guy's are crazy!
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    Re: Stop the abuse!

    Thank's for the head's up.

    Quotation mark promiscuity bothers me more. On our buses in SF there's a sign that says, "Warning". Who are they quoting? Some dumbass bus safety guy?
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    Re: Stop the abuse!

    Here's something else . . .

    If we're talking about the ABCs, we don't need an apostrophe. If we're talking about the 1970s, it's shortened to '70s, not 70's.

    Also, if you're typing something formal, very rarely is it appropriate to use contractions, aside from obvious exceptions (i.e. Mr.). I feel better knowing that someone else has a similar passion for the apostrophe.

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    Re: Stop the abuse!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
    Thank's for the head's up.

    Quotation mark promiscuity bothers me more. On our buses in SF there's a sign that says, "Warning". Who are they quoting? Some dumbass bus safety guy?
    That's another good one. Whenever I see out-of-place quotation marks, like on a restaurant menu ($5.99 Special "Today"), I always think, "Hmm, I wonder who said that?"
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    Re: Stop the abuse!

    Mr. is an abbreviation, not a contraction but you're right in that contractions (like can't, don't, won't) generally should be avoided in such situations (as, from I understand, passive voice like I just used)

    Quote Originally Posted by camisadelgolf View Post
    Here's something else . . .

    If we're talking about the ABCs, we don't need an apostrophe. If we're talking about the 1970s, it's shortened to '70s, not 70's.

    Also, if you're typing something formal, very rarely is it appropriate to use contractions, aside from obvious exceptions (i.e. Mr.). I feel better knowing that someone else has a similar passion for the apostrophe.

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    Re: Stop the abuse!

    Seems like about once a year, I paste a link to this site on here. This thread is crying out for it.

    http://www.banterist.com/archivefiles/000605.html
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    Re: Stop the abuse!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
    Thank's for the head's up.

    Quotation mark promiscuity bothers me more. On our buses in SF there's a sign that says, "Warning". Who are they quoting? Some dumbass bus safety guy?
    And sometimes you get lucky and find both problems:

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    "I can make all the stadiums rock."
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    Re: Stop the abuse!

    I'll be on the lookout for this abuse while getting supplie's for Christmas.
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    Re: Stop the abuse!

    You are soooo lucky that you used the right form of "it's" in item #3. The razzing would have been brutal.

    If only this information would put an end to midwesterners constant appending of the apostrophe-s to store names. If I had a nickel for every time I've heard people there mention their patronage of Wal-Mart's or Kroger's, I would be in a higher tax bracket.
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