Thursday, August 14, 2008

Writers who are clueless about apostrophes piss me off.


All it takes is one little apostrophe snafu to make a writer look slightly idiotic. Such is the case above, where it should say parents as opposed to parent's. Ugh. Such a simple concept...and it's so often screwed up!

Thanks to
KAYLA for spotting this one!

4 comments:

TootsNYC said...

actually, they look clueless right afterward, too--it would read better if they used "might" instead of "may," since this is past tense.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Good call, Toots--I didn't even notice that the first time I read it!

jblue said...

Hey, grammarphile! Long-time reader, first-time (I think) commenter. What are your thoughts regarding try to harm himself versus try and harm himself? The latter is common but incorrect, isn't it? I'll hang up and listen to your answer...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hiya, jblue! Thanks for stoppin' by! Yes, the latter is definitely incorrect, but it's quite commonly used--more so in speech than in writing, I've noticed. It's one of those grammar issues that I definitely find annoying...but I bet most people don't even notice it! Glad to hear I'm not the only one whose ears (or eyes) this hurts! :)