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Old 1st December 2019, 11:42 AM   #1
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Apostrophe campaign ends due to 'ignorance and laziness'


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A retired journalist who founded a campaign to preserve the correct use of the apostrophe is bowing out because "ignorance has won".

The Apostrophe Protection Society was started by John Richards in 2001 to tackle misuse of the punctuation mark.

His work involved advising people on proper use and writing to organisations to highlight their apostrophe abuse.

The 96-year-old said: "We have done our best but the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won."
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Old 1st December 2019, 11:47 AM   #2
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Old 1st December 2019, 11:53 AM   #3
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I no eggsackly how they feel's. Good littericalitisationism and Gramer is sadly lacking in peoples' these day's.

I tend too agree it is probably purley lazy'ness
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Old 1st December 2019, 12:46 PM   #4
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Old 1st December 2019, 05:46 PM   #5
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No one should be surprised at the disappointing outcome. An apostrophe is, after all, a combination of an apocalypse and a catastrophe.
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Old 1st December 2019, 05:56 PM   #6
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I thought that was an alpoca.
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Old 1st December 2019, 06:12 PM   #7
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I thought that was an alpoca.
What do sweater's have to do with the OP?
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Old 1st December 2019, 06:28 PM   #8
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A retired journalist who founded a campaign to preserve the correct use of the apostrophe is bowing out because "ignorance has won".

The Apostrophe Protection Society was started by John Richard's in 2001 to tackle misuse of the punctuation mark.

His work involved advising people on proper use and writing to organisation's to highlight their apostrophe abuse.

The 96-year-old said: "We have done our best but the ignorance and laziness present in modern time's have won."
Edited to reflect current common usage in social media.
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Old 1st December 2019, 06:36 PM   #9
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Old 1st December 2019, 08:03 PM   #10
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Old 1st December 2019, 08:08 PM   #11
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I shall never give up my Oxford Comma!
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Old 1st December 2019, 08:10 PM   #12
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I shall never give up my Oxford Comma!
All your Oxford commas are belong to us!
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Indeed! The crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe. The words of the wise should be heeded.
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Old 2nd December 2019, 04:08 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Apathia View Post
I shall never give up my Oxford Comma!
Originally Posted by autumn1971 View Post
All your Oxford commas are belong to us!
You can have my Oxford Commas when you pry them from my cold, dead hands!
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Old 2nd December 2019, 04:28 PM   #15
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I do wonder if perhaps some people are just contrary.

A shop (hairdresser/beauty parlour) I pass on the bus occasionally has every single plural on its signage apostrophized, but omits the mark where it ought to be (the only exception being the business name, where to be fair, it's common practice to omit).

E.g. "gents cut's, hair extension's".
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Old 2nd December 2019, 04:47 PM   #16
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The BBC mixes American and UK conventions when it comes to punctuation near quotation marks. See first paragraph vs. fourth in the excerpted text in the first post.
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Old 2nd December 2019, 05:36 PM   #17
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We are doomed!

Let's eat, grandma!

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Old 2nd December 2019, 05:40 PM   #18
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Communication isn't for the masses. Information isn't for the masses. They have their folk ways and their traditions, to carry them through the vicissitudes of life.

The rule of the apostrophe is for scientists and philosophers, to talk amongst themselves about the higher things.
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Old 2nd December 2019, 07:55 PM   #19
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Well, there's still hope. Just as long as everyone remembers to put two spaces after their .'s.
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Old 5th December 2019, 12:09 PM   #20
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Well, there's still hope. Just as long as everyone remembers to put two spaces after their .'s.
That's what my junior high school typing teacher taught me to do. I never bother on a computer, though.
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Old 5th December 2019, 01:45 PM   #21
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That's what my junior high school typing teacher taught me to do. I never bother on a computer, though.
It's so embedded in my muscle memory I'd have a hard time stopping. I think the forum software strips out the extra one.

The first word processor I got for a Commodore 64 automatically put two spaces after every period. And decimal point. Two dollars and sixteen cents came out as $2. 16.

Now I'm going to click submit and see what the forum software does with that.
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I think they should be abolished. I defy anyone to write a pun where the only ambiguity is the placement of the apostrophe.
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