4 January 2011
You don't need that many apostrophes
There seems to be an abundance of apostrophes in the world. They’re popping up in all the wrong places. They’re in DVD’s and TV’s and CD’s. They’re even turning up in Video’s and Hot Chicken’s. The other day I saw one on a car, advertising Pizza’s.
Portraying your business as professional at all times should include some knowledge of spelling and punctuation (although these days it’s hard to know what’s right and what isn’t in relation to texting and tweeting). So check your apostrophe quota and cut back if you’re over-doing it. Be fair and share.
Hint: There are only two instances when apostrophes are grammatically correct:
1. Ownership. For example “This is John’s new car”
2. Abbreviation. For example “I can’t do that today, I haven’t got time” Can’t is a combination of two words; can and not. Haven’t is also a combination of two words; have and not joined together and abbreviated.
Oh, and here’s a grammar thing that really really irritates me to the core; instead of saying “I could have done that” I can’t count how many times I’ve heard people say “I could of done that”. Of?? No people, that is SO wrong on so many levels. Grrr…
Can you suggest any others?