Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Apostrophe Update

Half of Britons struggle with the apostrophe - Telegraph: "According to the survey nearly half the nation cannot use the possessive apostrophe and, most annoyingly, often replace 'they're' with 'their'.

The apostrophe has emerged in an independent poll of nearly 2,000 people as the punctuation mark that causes the most problems. Nearly half of UK adults tested were unable to use it properly."

4 comments:

  1. I've known many a student who had just as much trouble with the comma, but we do hate those pesky apostrophes though, don't we?

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  2. Yes, Benjie, there a real problem.

    Word Verification: flobag. Another fine product from Lipton Tea.

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  3. Someone said that for every misplaced apostrophe there's another one omitted someplace. The Universe is constant.

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  4. Speaking as someone with an apostrophe as part of my last name, I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle with companies and organizations who do business online or just on computer in general. They want me to let them eliminate the apostrophe altogether so it's easier for them to keep their records.

    I always tell them that my ancestors fought hard for that apostrophe and I'll be damned if I give it up!

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