This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

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This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby C » 26 Sep 2020, 18:00

100's

1000's

CD's

LP's

No, no, no, no!!

Rant over

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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby Samoan » 26 Sep 2020, 18:10

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Nonsense to the aggressiveness, I've seen more aggression on the my little pony message board......I mean I was told.


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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Sep 2020, 18:16

It's instead of its
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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby kath » 26 Sep 2020, 18:17

C wrote:100's

1000's

CD's

LP's

No, no, no, no!!

Rant over

As you were





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welllll... as far as american english goes, you can indeed use apostrophes with abbreviations and single-digit numbers, anyway, especially if the meaning could be unclear if you didn't (dot yer I's and watch out how many O's ya but in a trillion.)

i would hafta dive into the weeds to find the exact rules, though. it's been a very long time, mwhaha. someeone else can.

but yeah, people kinda go crazy with it. i wouldn't worry too much about apostrophes. they'll be gone in a hundred years.

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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby C » 26 Sep 2020, 18:28

A barber's in town:

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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby C » 26 Sep 2020, 18:31

kath wrote:as far as american english goes


There's no hope....!

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History lesson: Faucet comes from a French word and appears in English texts in the 1400s. It referred to the peg or stopper in a barrel. When a spigot (a tube) was used to draw off liquid (beer etc) , faucet referred to the stopper in the end of that tube.







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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby Charlie O. » 26 Sep 2020, 18:38

kath wrote:especially if the meaning could be unclear if you didn't (dot yer I's and watch out how many O's ya but in a trillion.

Yeah, it's hard not to use them in such cases.

But I'm basically with C. Especially with years - "the '60s" makes sense to me, but "the 1960's" (as opposed to "1960s") does not.
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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby C » 26 Sep 2020, 19:26

And a 'bathroom' with no bath in it!






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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby Sam Stone » 26 Sep 2020, 19:39

Charlie O. wrote:
kath wrote:especially if the meaning could be unclear if you didn't (dot yer I's and watch out how many O's ya but in a trillion.

Yeah, it's hard not to use them in such cases.

But I'm basically with C. Especially with years - "the '60s" makes sense to me, but "the 1960's" (as opposed to "1960s") does not.



If you’re talking music from that decade, the correct use would be “ 60s’ music “
or, if you were really pedantic, you might use “ ‘60s’ music “

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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby Sam Stone » 26 Sep 2020, 19:45

C wrote:100's

1000's

CD's

LP's

No, no, no, no!!

Rant over

As you were




If you’d like to get maximum traction for your post,C, you should really have used (abuse of apostrophe’s). No guesses for predicting who’ll be the first poster to point your “error” out!

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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby robertff » 26 Sep 2020, 19:51

GoogaMooga wrote:It's instead of its



Depends if it’s used as a pronoun or a contraction for it is.


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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Sep 2020, 21:14

robertff wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote:It's instead of its



Depends if it’s used as a pronoun or a contraction for it is.


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Well, yes, of course. Way too many people when using it as a pronoun in the possessive write "it's". I see that mistake everywhere. But not the other way as a conrtaction for it is. There they always get it right.
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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Sep 2020, 21:16

I thought you had a choice of writing 60s or 60's. Both are commonplace, and I haven't consistently used one or the other.
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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Sep 2020, 21:17

"The crux of the matter is in the apostrophe."
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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby Rayge » 27 Sep 2020, 14:45

Sam Stone wrote:If you were really pedantic, you might use “ ‘60s’ music “

Or, super-pedantically, “’60s’ music” ;)



(for the hard of seeing, using an apostrophe rather than 'open single quotes'
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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby Sam Stone » 27 Sep 2020, 17:26

Rayge wrote:
Sam Stone wrote:If you were really pedantic, you might use “ ‘60s’ music “

Or, super-pedantically, “’60s’ music” ;)



(for the hard of seeing, using an apostrophe rather than 'open single quotes'



Just trying to make it easier for the old codgers here to distinguish between the quotation
marks and their accompanying apostrophes.

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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby C » 27 Sep 2020, 20:03

Sam Stone wrote:Just trying to make it easier for the old codgers here


Thanks young whippersnapper - much appreciated






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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby Sam Stone » 27 Sep 2020, 20:09

C wrote:
Sam Stone wrote:Just trying to make it easier for the old codgers here


Thanks young whippersnapper - much appreciated






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Re: This irritates me (abuse of the apostrophe)

Postby Charlie O. » 27 Sep 2020, 20:43

Sam Stone wrote:crows - lots and lots of crows

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