The Troublesome Apostrophe


The Troublesome Apostrophe In Everyday English: Getting to Grips with the Basics of the Language, Michelle Finlay writes, "Despite its diminutive size, the apostrophe has managed to create havoc in written English." Or, rather, we have created havoc with this punctuation mark, whose primary function is to denote possession, as in the "dog's paws" (not to be confused with the "dogs' paws" in the case of multiple dogs), or omission, as in the contractions "don't" and "it's." In response to this disorder, an Apostrophe Protection Society – believe it or not – was established in the United Kingdom in 2001, and [...]