Tuesday, 10 December 2019

apostrophe s, apostrophe s, it shows the things that we possess

An attested grammar vigilante—though not a total pedant as the retired journalist admits there is an element of style when enforcing rules, had conceded defeat but is heartened by an overwhelming surge of interest in his Apostrophe Protection Society, founded in 2001 to champion the much-maligned (the green-grocers’ mark for touting apple’s and pear’s), misused punctuation—as often as not, made a pariah in some municipalities willfully promoting improper syntax, and even transmitting political overtones in its omission or inclusion. What do you think? Language evolves as does our load-bearing diacritics but I think there’s still quite a bit relevance in these tics and their placement.