THE APOSTROPHE IS DEAD  

spunkycumfun 61M/66F
30383 posts
11/12/2021 10:27 am
THE APOSTROPHE IS DEAD





It is now official; the apostrophe is dead. This site no longer recognises the humble apostrophe. Not only does it steal little words, the site now translates the apostrophe into gibberish. Here is an example:

It’s so cold that I can’t feel my hands’ fingers, but I’ll continue to type out this evening’s post. This site won’t update its’ codes meaning that its’ members can’t read what I’m writing about. It’s a shame … or perhaps it’s a blessing!

In 2001, the Apostrophe Protection Society was founded with "the specific aim of preserving the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark". However, in December 2019 its founder, John Richards, disbanded the Apostrophe Protection Society because no one seemed to care about the punctuation mark.

In Bristol, an English city, there is a grammar vigilante who secretly adds an apostrophe to street and shop signs where an apostrophe has been omitted. He is the equivalent to Banksy but in the world of grammar. Strangely it is believed that Banksy is from Bristol; perhaps Banksy is also this grammarian guerrilla as well as the renowned street artist!


Do you use apostrophes correctly?
How good is your grammar?
Are you a grammarhead?


I am a proud grammarhead; in my job I had to be correct in my grammar. And, just as my academic colleagues picked up on any of my grammatical errors, I took delight in correcting any grammatical mistakes made by my students.

It is not easy to explain how an apostrophe should be used without using an apostrophe in action, but I am going to have to try. The use of an apostrophe is quite simple. There are two main uses of an apostrophe. First, an apostrophe is used to denote there is a missing letter when writing a word. Second, an apostrophe denotes the possessive case of a noun; in other words, it indicates that something or someone belongs to something or someone.

Inside are some examples of the uses of an apostrophe; the site only mangles apostrophes used in posts not in comments on posts!






spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/12/2021 10:27 am

It’s is not the same as its’.
It’s means it is. The apostrophe denotes that there is a missing letter in conflating two words, other examples include can’t, don’t and shouldn’t.
Its’, often written as its, means that it possesses something or someone. Other examples of this use of the apostrophe are a company’s customers, a government’s policies and a man’s cock.
A very common mistake in using apostrophes is when people use them to denote a plural of something. Plural nouns never have apostrophes with the exception of a few cases, eg minding your p’s and q’s.


HAMONMAN 62M
12914 posts
11/12/2021 10:36 am


Talk like that sets my octothorpe a'tremblin'.


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Tmptrzz 59F  
103963 posts
11/12/2021 10:44 am

You know I do use apostrophes the way they are supposed to be used. That is not the only thing that seems to be dead on the site. Also the letters N, O, T. and certain numbers as well like THREE. I have recently had to go back in to my blogs, and comments and fix them.

I just wish the site would fix all the glitches once and for all as it would make the site more fun and the bloggers would blog more.

Do you use apostrophes correctly? Yes I do

How good is your grammar? I always got straight A's in English.

Are you a grammarhead? I don't know about grammar head, but I do know how to

use my grammar well.

This was a great read today, and I hope your Friday is a great start to your weekend..

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justskin1 69M
12791 posts
11/12/2021 11:20 am

Irritates the hell out of me that such a basic bit of punctuation as an apostrophe cannot be used here. Then what do expect of phone users. Some cannot be bothered to use any punctuation or even capital letters. Lazy Ignorant Git is the term that comes to mind.

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smartasswoman 64F  
35211 posts
11/12/2021 11:31 am

Another use for it is as a single quote mark, which I tend to do when informally writing what someone else said. I suspect that kind of usage is only truly correct when it happens inside of double quotation marks. Perhaps this new glitch will break that bad habit on my part.


author51 58F  
125787 posts
11/12/2021 11:57 am

I am no grammarhead actually.I was wondering what all those are in blog titles and it looks stupid..I have done a few titles in the recent past which called for an apostrophe.They took it out of course but none of the A's were showing up at all..xoxo

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staci_19702 51T
2415 posts
11/12/2021 12:09 pm

I’m from Texas. My grasp of the English language is amazing. My use is horrifying.

Have a great day! 💋
Staci


62Mature4young 62M
226 posts
11/12/2021 12:18 pm

Pairs of letters are often not picked up or are somehow cut out of many posts, too--trying to fix things this system leave or cuts out is a pain--worse, sometimes one has to even wonder what was written in the first place--

--no excuses for this--the system is fucked


scoupe42 58M  
12797 posts
11/12/2021 12:25 pm

Good blog! Many people use slang, and use emojis, technology make stuff so easy for people, it's cause many of not to know the proper wordings.


Only_one_14 52F
4056 posts
11/12/2021 1:18 pm

I write on my phone....whatever happens happens to the words and letters after I post it is how it shall be. It doesn't bother me because I am not here to see if you are a A+ student in English class. Your English class is not going to get you in bed with me. That comma will not make you shine or move to the top of the list. If I wrote on my computer it would correct everything for me but little hands and fingers on my phone....you get what you get. HAHAHA

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lonlyforlove2 78M
22834 posts
11/12/2021 1:21 pm

Do you use apostrophes correctly?..... Only by accident!!!

How good is your grammar? Up to 3rd grade and then 2 more of same.. 21 Years old when I finished middle school.....

Are you a grammarhead? No,I am bald, I did have blond locks but in time they went..

I noticed this on some profiles, I think it is not all site inclusive YET... it's not good to mess with grammar, we have enough problems already!!!

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Paulxx001 64M
21884 posts
11/12/2021 1:24 pm

That's not the only thing broken; the 'em dash' — is busted as well. Bugs, bugs and MORE bugs. 🐛 🕸 🦟🕷️🪲🐝

My grammar is pretty good, but I can always use a sexy editor to check my work; I've placed an ad. 😶❗❗


superbjversion2 66F
23689 posts
11/12/2021 1:46 pm

The apostrophe is alive and well on my blog. I think the site picks on me last.

I have a pin on my purse that says, "I am silently judging your grammar." I think that answers your questions.

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Apollo602021 61M  
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11/12/2021 2:10 pm

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MyBaffies 52M
4874 posts
11/12/2021 2:28 pm

As someone who had an English teacher for a mother, I try to get my apostrophes correct although sometimes I do struggle.

David Mitchell had a great rant on QI over the public's use of apostrophes especially when advertising - he thinks the printing companies know the correct use but they just make whatever the customer wanted knowing they'll get repeat business when someone points out the mistake.

Do other languages use the apostrophe as much as it is found in English? I know the French use it (in c'est for example), but is it as prevalent in German, Italian as it is in English?

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lukeaskewedx2 62M
233 posts
11/12/2021 2:31 pm

I'm amazed you're surprised by this.

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redrockrascal 63M
23345 posts
11/12/2021 3:26 pm

Do you use apostrophes correctly? ' Im not sure '

How good is your grammar? Mines aint bad

Are you a grammarhead? My job requires it's

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lok4fun500 111M  
50901 posts
11/12/2021 9:23 pm

This site is so fucked up!




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PonyGirl1965 55F
19925 posts
11/12/2021 11:22 pm

I was tight with grammar and punctuation years ago. I have greatly relaxed now. I just don't sweat the small stuff. I can still pull out the uptight to write reports when needed


pal334 67M  
44960 posts
11/13/2021 5:09 am

I think this is a budget decision, when seconding the work, you don't have to worry about language. I am usually adequate with grammar

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BeccaLuvs 59F
20534 posts
11/13/2021 9:32 am

You know Spunky, do think I noticed something weird happening in my latest Blog, maybe was the "apostrophes", must check again! Um ..... Really don't like what's happening here! How did I do?!

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Erogedyne 69M
890 posts
11/13/2021 11:04 am

Q - Do you use apostrophes correctly?
A - Generally I use them correctly. However, I won't use them if this place starts to make things impossible to read!

Q - How good is your grammar?
A - Mine is pretty good. I have occasional bouts of subject/verb agreement, but nothing major.

Q - Are you a grammarhead?
A - Not really, but I like to use the written word such as to minimize ambiguity in my meaning. Sometimes that means correct english. Sometimes that means using slang and pigeon english. It's all good for entertainment purposes!

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Erogedyne 69M
890 posts
11/13/2021 11:05 am

    Quoting superbjversion2:
    The apostrophe is alive and well on my blog. I think the site picks on me last.

    I have a pin on my purse that says, "I am silently judging your grammar." I think that answers your questions.
Brava!

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DanielZwat1950 71M  
363 posts
11/14/2021 4:43 am

Thanks Spunky! I was wondering where all the A were coming from in my post. Still trying figure out why some pics are post it side ways. And they are squashed in private messages. It has been amazing to watch one bug after another come to lite on this site over the 10 years. Lol


joisygirl 118F
4169 posts
11/14/2021 5:36 pm

Come over to mine and check my grammar! COME TO MY TABLE

I think I use apostrophes correctly. However, I always make sure to say it is (in my head) before I write it's though... its and it's can be confusing and if I'm using speech to text things can really get muddled up. Come on by when you can and bring your marking pen.


citizen4722 63M  
73443 posts
11/15/2021 8:01 am

Do you use apostrophes correctly? - I hope so? but I can't be bothered to check anymore.
How good is your grammar? - My grammar passed away years ago.


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/16/2021 12:38 pm

    Quoting HAMONMAN:

    Talk like that sets my octothorpe a'tremblin'.
I'm pleased something's trembling!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/16/2021 12:42 pm

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    You know I do use apostrophes the way they are supposed to be used. That is not the only thing that seems to be dead on the site. Also the letters N, O, T. and certain numbers as well like THREE. I have recently had to go back in to my blogs, and comments and fix them.

    I just wish the site would fix all the glitches once and for all as it would make the site more fun and the bloggers would blog more.

    Do you use apostrophes correctly? Yes I do

    How good is your grammar? I always got straight A's in English.

    Are you a grammarhead? I don't know about grammar head, but I do know how to

    use my grammar well.

    This was a great read today, and I hope your Friday is a great start to your weekend..
I have to constantly edit my posts to replace what the site steals.
The crime sheet against this site is getting longer. First it stole photos, then it was little words, next were apostrophes and now it's numbers!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/16/2021 12:51 pm

    Quoting justskin1:
    Irritates the hell out of me that such a basic bit of punctuation as an apostrophe cannot be used here. Then what do expect of phone users. Some cannot be bothered to use any punctuation or even capital letters. Lazy Ignorant Git is the term that comes to mind.
I agree with you. Punctuation marks are important in conveying meaning. It bugs me far more when people text only using capital letters as if everything's important ... but then again they probably can't be bothered to switch the capital setting off after it's needed!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/16/2021 12:57 pm

    Quoting smartasswoman:
    Another use for it is as a single quote mark, which I tend to do when informally writing what someone else said. I suspect that kind of usage is only truly correct when it happens inside of double quotation marks. Perhaps this new glitch will break that bad habit on my part.
You are quite right about an apostrophe being used as a quotation mark. That means we can't quote on this site without being accused of plagiarism!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/16/2021 1:02 pm

    Quoting author51:
    I am no grammarhead actually.I was wondering what all those are in blog titles and it looks stupid..I have done a few titles in the recent past which called for an apostrophe.They took it out of course but none of the A's were showing up at all..xoxo
The site takes out apostrophes, but in a blog title the A's don't show up unlike in a blog post. But in a blog comment the apostrophe survives!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/16/2021 1:18 pm

    Quoting staci_19702:
    I’m from Texas. My grasp of the English language is amazing. My use is horrifying.
There must be a Texan English dictionary. If not, one needs to be written.
British English doesn't mean much here. There's Irish English, Scottish English and Welsh English as well as English English. Within England, there's Oxford English, Northern English, West Country English, Essex English, London English, Scouse English, Geordie English, Brummie English etc.
When I speak to a Glaswegian, I generally haven't got a clue what they're talking about!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/16/2021 1:25 pm

    Quoting 62Mature4young:
    Pairs of letters are often not picked up or are somehow cut out of many posts, too--trying to fix things this system leave or cuts out is a pain--worse, sometimes one has to even wonder what was written in the first place--

    --no excuses for this--the system is fucked
You're quite right, this site's system is fucked. But at least the site allows apostrophes in comments!
I can have an apostrophe outburst with this comment - ''''''' - I feel better now!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/16/2021 1:27 pm

    Quoting scoupe42:
    Good blog! Many people use slang, and use emojis, technology make stuff so easy for people, it's cause many of not to know the proper wordings.
But in the English language what is proper keeps changing. It's a generational thing!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/16/2021 1:37 pm

    Quoting Only_one_14:
    I write on my phone....whatever happens happens to the words and letters after I post it is how it shall be. It doesn't bother me because I am not here to see if you are a A+ student in English class. Your English class is not going to get you in bed with me. That comma will not make you shine or move to the top of the list. If I wrote on my computer it would correct everything for me but little hands and fingers on my phone....you get what you get. HAHAHA
The most important thing with language, including grammar, is that we're understood. Sometimes punctuation makes it easier to be understood. Written words without a full stop (you may say, period) is hard work to read because there's no break for the reader to pause to take in what's meant.


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/16/2021 1:48 pm

    Quoting lonlyforlove2:
    Do you use apostrophes correctly?..... Only by accident!!!

    How good is your grammar? Up to 3rd grade and then 2 more of same.. 21 Years old when I finished middle school.....

    Are you a grammarhead? No,I am bald, I did have blond locks but in time they went..

    I noticed this on some profiles, I think it is not all site inclusive YET... it's not good to mess with grammar, we have enough problems already!!!
I agree, we have far more problems than the misuse of the apostrophe.
Thanks for stopping by.


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/16/2021 1:49 pm

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    That's not the only thing broken; the 'em dash' — is busted as well. Bugs, bugs and MORE bugs. 🐛 🕸 🦟🕷️🪲🐝

    My grammar is pretty good, but I can always use a sexy editor to check my work; I've placed an ad. 😶❗❗
If the site is now stealing dashes, I'm dashing off!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/16/2021 1:54 pm

    Quoting superbjversion2:
    The apostrophe is alive and well on my blog. I think the site picks on me last.

    I have a pin on my purse that says, "I am silently judging your grammar." I think that answers your questions.
Being silently judged is the worst way of being judged; there's no comeback! Your purse is a grammar weapon.
PS. I've just re-read my reply to ensure there's no grammatical mistakes, though I'm not sure whether it's P.S. or PS. Have I missed a period?


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/16/2021 2:14 pm

I worry about AI. Those who own, control, develop and manage AI will be okay, but the rest of us will be its subjects.


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/17/2021 2:52 am

    Quoting MyBaffies:
    As someone who had an English teacher for a mother, I try to get my apostrophes correct although sometimes I do struggle.

    David Mitchell had a great rant on QI over the public's use of apostrophes especially when advertising - he thinks the printing companies know the correct use but they just make whatever the customer wanted knowing they'll get repeat business when someone points out the mistake.

    Do other languages use the apostrophe as much as it is found in English? I know the French use it (in c'est for example), but is it as prevalent in German, Italian as it is in English?
As well as the French language, apostrophes are used in the German and Italian languages but not the Spanish language.
In the German language I suspect the apostrophe is used less because they have separate words for anything possessive. Its' book is sein Buch in German - I knew my schoolboy German would be useful eventually!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/17/2021 2:54 am

I'm not surprised by the decline in the use of the apostrophe; I'm a little surprised how common it's misused when used.
Thanks for stopping by.


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/17/2021 3:00 am

    Quoting redrockrascal:
    Do you use apostrophes correctly? ' Im not sure '

    How good is your grammar? Mines aint bad

    Are you a grammarhead? My job requires it's
Your grammars' perfect, especially how youve used apostrophe's.


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/17/2021 3:03 am

Very true. It steals our photos, words and now apostrophes. Our identities will probably be next stolen .... oh they were several years ago when the site was hacked and members' personal details were taken!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/17/2021 3:05 am

    Quoting PonyGirl1965:
    I was tight with grammar and punctuation years ago. I have greatly relaxed now. I just don't sweat the small stuff. I can still pull out the uptight to write reports when needed
I wish I was more relaxed about grammar; I keep correcting my posts long after they've been read and commented on!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/17/2021 3:07 am

    Quoting pal334:
    I think this is a budget decision, when seconding the work, you don't have to worry about language. I am usually adequate with grammar
It's always best to delegate any work!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/17/2021 3:08 am

    Quoting BeccaLuvs:
    You know Spunky, do think I noticed something weird happening in my latest Blog, maybe was the "apostrophes", must check again! Um ..... Really don't like what's happening here! How did I do?!
Your use of apostrophes is perfect.


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/17/2021 3:10 am

    Quoting Erogedyne:
    Q - Do you use apostrophes correctly?
    A - Generally I use them correctly. However, I won't use them if this place starts to make things impossible to read!

    Q - How good is your grammar?
    A - Mine is pretty good. I have occasional bouts of subject/verb agreement, but nothing major.

    Q - Are you a grammarhead?
    A - Not really, but I like to use the written word such as to minimize ambiguity in my meaning. Sometimes that means correct english. Sometimes that means using slang and pigeon english. It's all good for entertainment purposes!
As you say, it's best to write to be understood whether that's proper or improper English.
I've stopped using the apostrophe in my blog posts.


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/17/2021 3:12 am

If I came across someone with a "I am silently judging your grammar" purse, I'd speak very properly just in case they have a weapon in their purse!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/17/2021 3:16 am

    Quoting DanielZwat1950:
    Thanks Spunky! I was wondering where all the A were coming from in my post. Still trying figure out why some pics are post it side ways. And they are squashed in private messages. It has been amazing to watch one bug after another come to lite on this site over the 10 years. Lol
Those As are the missing apostrophes. I'm now trying to write blog posts without apostrophes because those As really get in the way for people reading and trying to make sense of things.
It's a mystery about your sideways photos. I've not had that problem. But I do have a problem with adding a tenth photo allowed by the site. If I upload a tenth photo, it gets combined with the first photo uploaded!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/17/2021 3:17 am

    Quoting joisygirl:
    Come over to mine and check my grammar! COME TO MY TABLE

    I think I use apostrophes correctly. However, I always make sure to say it is (in my head) before I write it's though... its and it's can be confusing and if I'm using speech to text things can really get muddled up. Come on by when you can and bring your marking pen.
Your use of grammar is always perfect. You write well even if it's lots! Only teasing!


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/17/2021 3:19 am

    Quoting citizen4722:
    Do you use apostrophes correctly? - I hope so? but I can't be bothered to check anymore.
    How good is your grammar? - My grammar passed away years ago.
I give up on good grammar, especially punctuation, when texting; good grammar becomes so much effort with all the tapping of keys required.


Lippenbalsam 60M
303 posts
11/17/2021 11:20 pm

Grammarhead? Basically yes.
But I share my knowledge of English with the translator, who sometimes translates poorly. Occasionally an apostrophe can get lost.
But I think my results are not that bad. In other blogs, entire words are often missing, not just the apostrophe.
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spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39260 posts
11/18/2021 2:25 am

    Quoting Lippenbalsam:
    Grammarhead? Basically yes.
    But I share my knowledge of English with the translator, who sometimes translates poorly. Occasionally an apostrophe can get lost.
    But I think my results are not that bad. In other blogs, entire words are often missing, not just the apostrophe.
    One of Heated Affairs's smallest problems ..
I use Google Translate a lot; it works well.
This site has many glitches. It steals letters, punctuation marks and images. What next?!
Thanks for stopping by.


CuriousHer 52F
6 posts
11/23/2021 10:31 pm

As a grammarhead, in my spare time and in my profession, I can recommend a couple items for further enjoyment and discussion:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eats,_Shoots_%26_Leaves -- For your reading pleasure
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc -- For head-bobbing, grammatically pleasing entertainment, an anthem of writers everywhere...


  • spunkycumfun 61M/66F
    39260 posts
    11/24/2021 3:52 am

      Quoting CuriousHer:
      As a grammarhead, in my spare time and in my profession, I can recommend a couple items for further enjoyment and discussion:
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eats,_Shoots_%26_Leaves -- For your reading pleasure
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc -- For head-bobbing, grammatically pleasing entertainment, an anthem of writers everywhere...
    Thanks for the links. I've got Lynne Truss' Eats Shoots & Leaves book. It was a good read.
    It's great to see another grammarhead in blogland. Thanks for stopping by.


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