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Its vs. It's:
Your vs. You're:
Spelling on the Internet:
What if this wasn't a rhetorical question?
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Yeah, a few of my pet peeves are in here.
One of mine is "first annual".
It is impossible to have a "first annual" event. There is no guarantee that event will take place a second time. It could be a failure, could be a name change, could be a sponsor change, or the world could end and the aliens that find that first annual sign would laugh at us.
Once that event hits its second year, then, yeah, it can be safely called an annual event. Otherwise...shaddap!
"Most unique" is also pretty awful.
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Speaking in apostrophes, I've always wondered what is the possesive of A's? Like in the Oakland A's.
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Thanks, ORH. The apostrophe thing is one of my biggest pet peeves. You see it all the time, and in places where the person doing it really should have known better. I've even seen it on the CNN scroll.
Also, upon looking further, I notice that the Philadelphia Athletics used the A's logo as early as 1940.
Makes me wonder if, at some point in time, the apostrophe was used IN CASES LIKE THIS as a way to separate and to avoid the confusion caused by the fact that As spells a word in the English language. Just a thought.
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OK, thanks guys. So on to the second point that puzzles me...
Granted, it has been a long time since I got any schoolin', but it seems to me that I recall that both of the above examples are correct. I would agree that the Jones' new car is preferred but I thought that the Jones's new car is also OK, if you choose to use it.
Help me out here. I'm well aware that rules can change over time.