Saturday, December 20, 2008

The horror's. The horror's.

I realized this morning that my sworn enemy -- the misplaced apostrophe -- made an appearance on my blog two posts ago. I have a serious problem with misplaced apostrophes. I know I need to relax a little bit about it, but I just can't. I'm thinking this qualifies as a mental illness.

Dear friends -- friends I have known and loved for years -- will use apostrophes incorrectly on their Christmas cards, and I will actually think -- for a split second -- that I'm not sure if I can be friends with them anymore. I recently visited the web site for WCK's school and saw the word "student's" when it should have been "students'", and I briefly considered sending her somewhere else.

In my defense, the Evil Apostrophe occurred in one of the questions on the Christmas quiz that I copied and pasted from my e-mail, so I didn't actually type it myself. Still, my apostrophe-hating brain should have picked it up right away. To make matters worse, the word didn't even need to be pluralized with an "s" at all. It was the word "reindeer".

That's right. The sentence, "Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's?" appeared on my blog.

The shame. The shame. I need to go lie down.

7 comments:

Abigail said...

You know the sad thing? I saw the title of your post first and was shaking my head and wondering if you had gone over to the dark side.

Kathy from NJ said...

I read a blog written by a lovely home-schooling mother and her errors are atrocious.

In talking about her children:

There off for the summer and have outgrown all they're sandals. We went to the store in town, their is a wonderful selection of childrens' shoes. Then we went out for ice cream, its fun to have desert before supper. We ran into the principle of the school, a person of low principals. I'm so glad I teach my children at home.

The Mama Monkey said...

LOL You know what gets me? When people use "your" in place of "you're".

Now I am having a little anxiely attack wondering how may apostrophes I use incorrectly. :)

Anonymous said...

I am SO RIGHT THERE with you on this one. It drives me nuts! I think you and I should start our own proofreading business and just go offer to fix people's punctuation errors!! Whaddya think?

Diane, Nick, and Maren said...

I saw "reindeer's" after I forwarded the email and I was so upset that I had allowed a grammatical error to be sent out under my name. I should really stop being friends with the person who had the nerve to forward it to me without correction, right?

Karen's mom said...

It might be helpful to understand Karen's hereditary past. When I was 6 or 7, my parents had a small sign on their house which read "The Davis'." I was fascinated by that sign. I wanted to know what the apostrophe meant and how our name would be pronouced in that case. I think the grammar is correct since there was more than one Davis in our household, but now I want the professional opinion of the punctuation pundit I produced. What's the verdict?

Rachel said...

Slightly unrelated to the apostrophe, I recently gave a mini-class in the lab at work on transitive and intransitive verbs, and how they relate to lie and lay. I even drew a chart with the different tenses. Hey, to be fair, they asked! What twist of fate put us in the same dorm room back in college?