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WHO WANT'S TO KILL APOSTROPHE'S?

 
 
Setanta
 
Reply Mon 17 Jun, 2013 06:41 am
Kill the apostrophe-dot-com
 
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 17 Jun, 2013 07:42 am
@Setanta,
Quit'e right t'oo.
Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 17 Jun, 2013 09:25 am
They had a show about this on CBC radio this morning. Very entertaining. One woman in Australia who had casually called for the abolition of the apostrophe received death threats.
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timur
 
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Reply Mon 17 Jun, 2013 10:02 am
Quote:
How do you feel about apostrophes?

A mountain naming committee in Thurman, New York recently learned that there's been a silent war of sorts being waged against the apostrophe.

The specific name they wanted was being debated, but all of the top suggestions ended with an apostrophe s, as the peak was being named to honor the local 1700s settler James Cameron.

Apparently, that kind of punctuation use doesn't fly with The Domestic Names Committee of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

According to the agency, naming public places with an apostrophe s at the end implies too much individual possession, rather than giving an air of belonging to all of the people.

In the 113-year history of the organization, a handful of possessive apostrophe attempts have made it through.

Their mostly steadfast adherence to their rule doesn't mean that people approve of it. In 2009 the group was criticized at a meeting for its, "isolationist stance" toward "the perpetually punished apostrophe."

The British have encountered similar troubles, but in 2001 the Apostrophe Protection Society was founded in England to fight for the apostrophe's rights.


Video here..
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 17 Jun, 2013 10:04 am
@Setanta,
You can have my apostrophes when you cut them from my cold, dead paper.
Setanta
 
  1  
Reply Mon 17 Jun, 2013 10:34 am
@boomerang,
Hehehehehehe . . .
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timur
 
  1  
Reply Mon 17 Jun, 2013 11:35 am
@boomerang,
Is that a figure of speech?
McTag
 
  3  
Reply Mon 17 Jun, 2013 03:16 pm

Sometime's you need apostrophe's and sometimes you dont.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 17 Jun, 2013 04:29 pm
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:

You can have my apostrophes when you cut them from my cold, dead paper.


What she said!

I want to kill thos'e who misuse the ******* apo'strophe's!
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JTT
 
  0  
Reply Mon 17 Jun, 2013 07:38 pm
@Setanta,
Did you notice yourself in the article, Set?

Quote:
Many of the calls to defend traditional apostrophe usage are little more than unthinking superstition. Its right because its right, runs the argument, failing to engage with the fact that its arbitrary. I suspect a lot of peoples prejudices on this matter are probably inculcated by humiliation at an early age, and leave victims frightened of the terrible social consequences they thereafter imagine will follow from deviating from the standard - this then becomes a self-reinforcing loop as they leap upon other peoples apostrophe 'misuse' like it matters, which it doesnt.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jun, 2013 12:12 am
Now, for an entirely different point of view, the Apostrophe Protection Society.
wildrover
 
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Reply Sun 23 Jun, 2013 09:22 pm
@Lordyaswas,
In in plurals of family names (the Farrelly's), after numerals or years (the 1980's), and several other places, apostrophes are petty intrusions, but no worse than all the bloody useless full points after well known contractions like Dr. or Ltd.; these are just visual littering – for which people should be fined, or worse.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Thu 27 Jun, 2013 10:55 pm
I like punctuation, but really dislike air quotes.
JTT
 
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Reply Thu 27 Jun, 2013 10:58 pm
@glitterbag,
Quote:
I like punctuation, but really dislike air quotes.


That's pretty dumb, GB. Why would you dislike a form of punctuation that is every bit as descriptive, probably more so, than the punctuation used in writing?

Would you rather people carried around a whiteboard and markers?

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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 28 Jun, 2013 07:34 am
@wildrover,
There is no call for apostrophes in the plurals of family names, at least in my reading.
JTT
 
  1  
Reply Fri 28 Jun, 2013 11:56 am
@ossobuco,
Quote:
There is no call for apostrophes in the plurals of family names, at least in my reading.


What if they are a combined plural and a genitive, Osso?

With an apostrophe, the assumption is that it's the [name]'s house/abode/ cabin/etc.

Isn't that a good reason, Osso?
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neologist
 
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Reply Thu 11 Jul, 2013 11:11 pm
@Setanta,
Think of the apostrophe's feelings, for goodness sake.
If people keep screwing with punctualization, nobody will ever be on time.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 12 Jul, 2013 03:17 am
@Setanta,
Setanta wrote:

Now, for an entirely different point of view, the Apostrophe Protection Society.


I am most fond of the apostrophe, when properly used. I have a near compulsion to go around and correct menus on chalkboards etc. Perhaps I ought rather to say menu's on chalkboard's.
Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 12 Jul, 2013 03:28 am
@dlowan,
I feel that way about signs in supermarkets which read: "Ten items or less." Fewer, goddamn it, fewer . . .
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 12 Jul, 2013 05:24 am
I think there ought to be books of apostrophes with no words at all. It just might open new vistas to the aspiring writer in search of a theme.

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