23 February 2006

Maybe I should look into one of those....

I'm going to take a moment for punctuation health.

Poor innocent, abused apostrophe (click the cartoon to make it bigger, in case you can't see it). You're either adored enough to be thrown in everywhere, or languish forgotten.

The sad thing is, misused (or missing) apostrophes can make it hard for me to live my life. I am rankled by the coffee cart that offers "bagel's" and unable to enjoy a simple cartoon. Why don't they know? Why didn't someone along the chain of command spot this?

If I may quote Lynne Truss: "The confusion of the possessive "its" (no apostrophe) with the contractive "it's" (with apostrophe) is an unequivocal signal of illiteracy." Yes. I do have an Eats, Shoots & Leaves desk calendar. It was on sale. It's quite delightful. I find its words of punctuation wisdom to be heartening, even inspiring.

We all make mistakes. But... really, though? Really? "It's affiliates?"

Is there an embassy at which I may begin a protest of some kind?

cartoon from Slate.com

1 comment:

Joshua said...

I guess you can protest at our embassy. U-S-A,etc.