Links and visuals illustrating an orthographic pet peeve.
Apparently Oxford, England doesn’t have sufficient scholars for its oldest pub to warrant a signage correction.
Posted in Uncategorized.
– July 20, 2009
Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.
This apostrophe is fine. It simply shows posession.i.e this is the oldest pub that belongs to Oxford. check out; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostrophe under the Possessive apostrophe section.
I think the blog is talking about the apostrophe in "it's".
Despite tha fact that some people write that way, it is actually an incorrect usage.
No apostrophe is used in the following possessive pronouns and adjectives: yours, his, hers, ours, its, theirs, and whose. (Many people wrongly use it's for the possessive of it, but authorities are unanimous that it's can only be a contraction of it is or it has.) All other possessive pronouns ending in s do take an apostrophe: one's; everyone's; somebody's, nobody else's, etc. With plural forms, the apostrophe follows the s, as with nouns: the others' husbands (but compare They all looked at each other's husbands, in which both each and other are singular).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostrophe
Behold, the Oxford Apostrophe!
When did not using the apostrophe for its become standard? It could be that this sign (or the one it's based on) predate it . . .
It's always been that way. (Note correct usage of apostrophe in the contraction of IT IS.)
it has, even.
Leave a Reply Cancel
Some HTML is OK
Email (required, but never shared)
or, reply to this post via trackback.
Proudly powered by WordPress and Carrington.