Is it time to dethrone King Apostrophe?

July 1, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism.

As a member of the Realm of the Apostrophe, you should stand up and declare your position.

Are you loyal to our little king (“the squiggly one,” we affectionately call it), trying to follow all the confusing rules put out by his courtiers?

Or are you one of a growing number of apostates, planning a palace coup that would banish the squiggly one from the language entirely?

The question achieved increased urgency this week when Anu Garg, the founder of A Word A Day, outed himself as one of the rebels. He wants to oust the king and his rule-making courtiers.

A little squiggly mark, and so much trouble. Death to the apostrophe! With apostrophe in the discard bin, greengrocers can go back to making sure their stuff (such as, potato’s and tomato’s)** is fresh, little kids can go back to rejoicing in the beauty of English spelling (is it height, hieght, or hyt?), and hiring managers can go back to finding some other reason to reject a job application (a degree from Harvard is nice, but a resume in Comic Sans?).

What about those of us with black markers in our hands, defacing (correcting) signs and defending the world from apostrophe catastrophe, you ask. Well, you’ll have to find something more fulfilling and productive in life. Have you brushed your cat’s (or cats’ or cats) teeth lately? Source: A.Word.A.Day –cat’s pajamas

Read Anu’s reasoning at the link above and the comments that followed, and decide for yourself. Let us know if you have any thoughts.

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