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51. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

I'm in love!

I can see why!!!!! I know the "pull" is strong - but please don't leave us for a grammatically correct website!!!!!!! We'll miss your commentary and corrects!!!! ;)

52. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Quoting Isadora

Quoting tway

I'm in love!

I can see why!!!!! I know the "pull" is strong - but please don't leave us for a grammatically correct website!!!!!!! We'll miss your commentary and corrects!!!! ;)

No worries - I'm not going anywhere. I just can't believe there's an entire community dedicated to the preservation of the apostrophe! Poor, little misunderstood punctuation mark...

53. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

No worries - I'm not going anywhere. I just can't believe there's an entire community dedicated to the preservation of the apostrophe! Poor, little misunderstood punctuation mark...

Wow, I didn't know there's a site for the apostrophe! It's amazing how often people misuse the apostrophe.

By the way, want to check the usage when we use the apostrophe after s, x and z.

Should it be:

Jones's bakery OR Jones' bakery

Max's car OR Max' car

Gonzalez's house OR Gonzalez' house

I've seen people use it one way or the other, I just want to know if it's some American v British usage, or if it's standardised. I confess that I prefer s', x's and z's.

54. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

The Amercian usage of the apostrophe for (possesive) plurals :

Jones'
Max's
Gonzalez's

Only words ending with an "s" require the apostrophe after that "s" to avoid the double "s" syndrome - as it was referred to by my 8th grade English teacher. Words ending with any other letter of the alphabet require the apostrophe to be placed between the last letter of the word and the (possesive) "s".

55. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Oh, dear - the best one yet! Yahoo Canada just posted this as a news headline:

First Nations: Stop logging on our preserve

I guess the government is invading on Native Indian strawberry jam?

56. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

God l was on my soap box ranting about this type of thing last week! I blame the phenomena of text messaging. I receive forms filled in by members of the public and its obvious that they are from people with low educational standards (sorry that is really elitist but true. Words such as what spelt "Wot" or leaving letters off words ie livin room - where did the "g" go! The best one was a girl complaining about stains to a "livin room" carpet that would not "CUM" out - now sorry but in my book that means something TOTALLY different

57. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting Purdy

The best one was a girl complaining about stains to a "livin room" carpet that would not "CUM" out - now sorry but in my book that means something TOTALLY different

Not to go completely off topic here, but... There is a chain of gas stations/convenient stores with the name "Kum and Go". Who was the proofreader for that ad campaign? Interesting play on words, if nothing else...

Isa now returns this thread to it's regularly scheduled subject.

58. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

I'm reviving this just-about dead thread with a wonder of wonders, taken from an e-mail I just received from a marketing company called MarketingProfs Today:

Are no good domain names still available?

What?? How does one answer that? Yes, there are no good names still avaiable? No, there are no good names still available? Could they be any less clear? Or should I say, could they still be any less clear?

And, on a side note, I watched Dr. Phil yesterday (the things one does on a day off!) and was astounded to see, written across the screen, "your wrong!" Now, I understand if one misses that in everyday life - and especially if it's just flashed across the screen for a second - but one would hope that the writers on one of the biggest shows in the U.S. would know that "your" in this case is a contraction of "you are" - and should be written as "you're wrong!" Unless, of course, somone just bought a wrong at the supermarket and someone else was commenting on how nice "your wrong" looks in blue.

59. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Sounds like a fantastic use of the English language
Just the type of people you would trust in business eh?

60. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Have you ever listened to Dr. Phil??? The poor man is an educated idiot!!! But, you are correct in the assessment that the writers should know the difference between "you're" and "your". I'm surprised they didn't have "y'all wrong" scrolling across the screen! (But, I digress...)