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).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostrophe

  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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