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Madness Apostrophes, plurals and possession

I'm sure there's a previous rant on the subject here but I want one of my own, dammit!

Listen up people, as far as I am aware the only legitimate use of an apostrophe to create a plural is in the case of decades, for instance 70's and 80's. Even then it annoys me because it's unnecessary.

The plural of wife is wives. I'm looking at you Verbout.
The plural of turbo is turbos. Here I'm looking at just about everyone posting in the tech lounges.
The plurals of CD and DVD are CDs and DVDs. Take note various on-line hawkers of music and film. Some commercial websites read like they were written by an English GCSE failure.

I find possessive apostrophe abuse (their/there/they're, its/it's etc.) annoying all right but not to the same extent. Making plurals in English is generally so trivial I just cannot understand why so many otherwise erudite people get it wrong so often.

Perhaps we could have a new smiley to be used to shame an apostrophe-abusive post and attempt to save our beautiful language from corruption.

Pedantry over.
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Perhaps we could have a new smiley to be used to shame an apostrophe-abusive post and attempt to save our beautiful language from corruption.

Pedantry over.
Great idea!

That way we could stop folk's from getting apostrophe's wrong!
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Guilty as charged.

''''''''''' are you sweating?

Have you read the Stephen King book "On writing"?

He covers all the issues you mention, and a lot more. Very interesting read, but some way over my head.

Strange how we speak and write the language but, me in particular, don't understand it academically.

Phew that was hard using no apostrophise.

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So many of the above are used in the Tech Lounges when referring to multiple Alfas :HEADBANG:


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Commonly known as the greengrocers (sic) apostrophe.

I know it should be greengrocer's but they never ever use one where it should be used and always use them where they shouldn't. Of course "shouldn't" is another use of the apostrophe which has not been mentioned.


While on the subject of pedantry could posters please be more careful over the use of "can" and "may". As in "please can I sit down?" I am sure you are capable of sitting so if you need permission use "may"!
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Perhaps we could have a new smiley to be used to shame an apostrophe-abusive post and attempt to save our beautiful language from corruption.

How about these: :BBAT:


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How about these: :BBAT:


:EVIL:
That looks like all of your posts.






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I'd rather be damned for using them than not. That's the way I roll.

I subscribe to the theory, Use 'em or loose 'em.
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:Phew that was hard using no apostrophise.
Love the way you got out of using 'one' with a deliberate miss-spell - its (it's) the future.
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Love the way you got out of using 'one' with a deliberate miss-spell - its (it's) the future.
Having to delete them from the spellchecker, it's hard work.

Let that one slide
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That looks like all of your posts.







How dare you


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Shouldn't it actually be:


'60s and '70s ?

The apostrophe denotes the missing "19".
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I've hawked this before but for those who
want to brush up on their English usage
and have an easy reference book:

The Economist Style Guide: 11th edition: Amazon.co.uk: The Economist: 9781781253120: Books
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I've hawked this before but for those who
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The Economist Style Guide: 11th edition: Amazon.co.uk: The Economist: 9781781253120: Books
wicked! I lost my copy years ago. Time to get a new one.
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...and as for people using a word which is the exact opposite of the meaning they wish to convey .
 
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wicked! I lost my copy years ago. Time to get a new one.
I just got the Kindle version as my copy is always on my desk at work.

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I arnt qualified to post here due to an inexplicable norty be.

But I recommend music therapy from a sadly departed genius who saw fit to name an album after the topic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXP_pr7np-o
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