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The Apostrophe Crisis: When Perfectly Good Punctuation Goes Bad

Ariana Huffington has a rant today in the Huffington Post about the misuse of the apostrophe.

I’m pretty sure this exact piece appeared in Salon a few years ago.

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Anonymous says:

Bloody heck. That’s a great show on my abilities. Sorry about that. While I may know my way around the English language, the blogging thing is still new to me. :P

Anonymous says:

Great article there. I’m with Huffington on the broken-windows theory, much to the chagrin of the fellow that posted punctuation has nothing to do with the state of the union. The increased misuse of the apostrophe to form plurals shows a general mental lethargy of the populace. The spread of this error and its acceptance into common use shows that mental lethargy continues to grow. So, if we the people of the USA are not mentally vigilant enough to be mindful of the abuses of our language, how can we expect to be mentally vigilant enough to be mindful of the abuses of our government?

It only takes one little crack in the dike to unleash the flood waters.

Anonymous says:

Great article there. I’m with Huffington on the broken-windows theory, much to the chagrin of the fellow that posted punctuation has nothing to do with the state of the union. The increased misuse of the apostrophe to form plurals shows a general mental lethargy of the populace. The spread of this error and its acceptance into common use shows that mental lethargy continues to grow. So, if we the people of the USA are not mentally vigilant enough to be mindful of the abuses of our language, how can we expect to be mentally vigilant enough to be mindful of the abuses of our government?

It only takes one little crack in the dike to unleash the flood waters.