The Trouble with Apostrophes

March 14, 2010 at 11:27 am | Posted in Internet Sleuthiness | Leave a comment
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I saw this poster advertising an event on a website earlier today, and immediately this humble sentence jumped out at me:

“Bring your old tee’s and tanks for a Buy Definition screen printed souvenir.”

I mean, I know that the apostrophe can be confusing sometimes—such as the apostrophe in “Joe’s hair” vs. lack of an apostrophe in “its hair”—but come on: CONSISTENCY, PEOPLE! How could anyone think it was correct to include an apostrophe on one plural (“tees”) but not on the other (“tanks”)?!?

So, what’s the trouble with apostrophes? They make people look like idiots.


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