Sunday, September 09, 2007

A New Favorite Website

This might be my new favorite website! The Apostrophe Protection Society has as its purpose (note proper non-apostrophe usage):

". . . the specific aim of preserving the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark in all forms of text written in the English language."

I was just telling my friends last night that I have a side mission in life to rescue the apostrophe from its disastrous slide into abuse and decay and here are some good people already fighting the good fight. Yippee!

Via Diana at NoodleFood in a roundabout sort of way...thanks!


COD said...

I have to admit that I've all but quit the using the apostrophe in my own name,

However, I blame Microsoft. The apostrophe is a reserved character when programming Microsoft databases, and frequent web site crashes and failures because of my name have conditioned me.

Rational Jenn said...

That's something I hadn't thought of, that characters that mean something in programming might mess up normal, everyday usage. You have a very good point. In fact, I was searching for sites on the O'Connell Bridge in Dublin the other day and had to waste some time trying to decide if the apostrophe was necessary or not in my Google search. Yet another reason I'm happy not to be a programmer!

The main problems I have with apostrophe misuse are definitely in the realm of signs and other everyday applications. My nerves actually tingle when I see a sign such as "Book's For Sale." I can barely even type that sentence!

Sometimes I wonder if people just really, really LOVE the apostrophe and want to make it feel loved in return by using it lots and lots.

Then I recall something that happened to my husband. He was correcting a sign on the mailbox cubby holes at his office that used the word "Mailboxe's." The woman who had created the sign caught him and made a snarky comment about how "Not everybody gets to go to college!" I mean!!!!!


Family Adventure said...

Jenn, I support your efforts 100%. Apostrophe abuse is one of my pet peeves, too. Keep fighting, girl! :)

Charlie said...

... "Mailboxe's." The woman who had created the sign caught him and made a snarky comment about how "Not everybody gets to go to college!"

This is proof of why a college education is so vitally important. I know that I didnt' learn anything in high school, and was very happy to be learned about spellings and grammer in my science and math classe's at Purdue.

But seriously, the quote above is as much a damnation of the public school system as is Miss South Carolina and "the Iraq".

Rational Jenn said...


Your so ri'ght. Couldnt' agree with u mor.