Famous for it’s errant apostrophe

Earthling writes:

Apparently Oxford, England doesn’t have sufficient scholars for its oldest pub to warrant a signage correction.

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6 thoughts on “Famous for it’s errant apostrophe

  1. 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.

    See Wikipedia:

    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).

  2. 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 . . .

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