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Would you give the anti-apostrophe people a new purpose?

Asked by flo (12981points) July 25th, 2013

Would you give the anti-apostrophe Here another cause?
They have been shown how ridiculous their cause is. What should they do instead? How about doing away with nicknames like Margaret into Peggy, John to Jack etc. Or maybe anti naming the child North West etc.

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gailcalled's avatar

Your question in conjunction with the link you provided makes no sense.

dabbler's avatar

Link is coming up 404 – page not found.

Anti-apostrophe? That’s just dumbing-down… apostrophes are useful.
Give them something else to do? Give ‘em a sandwich and sit them in the corner.

JLeslie's avatar

I am not anti-apostrophe, but I often skip apostrophes when texting for words that are not typically spelled wrong. For instance I will skip it in words like: I’ll, won’t, don’t. I don’t skip for names, an example is if I wrote, “Joe’s mom.” Another example would be I usually wouldn’t skip it on the word “it’s.”

gailcalled's avatar

The apostrophe is often treated as decoration today; oh, that look’s pretty. Wh’y not add one h’ere? Want to make a singular noun in’to a plural? OK. Cigarette’s.

I’ll without the apostrophe becomes ill. Won’t without it becomes the lovely word wont.

Using punctuation in a voluntary or as-the-mood-strikes-me manner makes no sense. It exists for a reason. However, writers attract the readers they deserve, I guess.

JLeslie's avatar

@gailcalled Do you text? Making the effort to switch the keyboard, or hold down a second key, like shift or symbol, just takes too much time and effort. I’ll usually becomes ill when I text because almost always it is easily understood by the context on the sentence, although, I do admit that is the one word I sometimes make the effort to correct. Wont, is not commonly used by my peers and won’t is never mispelled. I have never seen someone write won’t oustide of texting without the apostrophe. What I mean is when someone writes wont instead of won’t it clearly looks like textspeak and not ignorance or bad spelling. When someone writes its instead of it’s you don’t know if they just don’t know how to use the apostrophe. Still, in textspeak I would not be critical, especially if they shorten many words. Plus, people just become accostumed to shortening words and not others. Becomes habit. Between my husband and me, I sometimes use a Spanish word, because it is shorter when texting, and we basically only speak English with each other. The other day writing sala was much more convenient than writing out living room.

gailcalled's avatar

I“d become ill also if I texted, but I appreciate the need for shortcuts. It does, I guess, make people keep their texts really short, which is a good thing.

flo's avatar

My link was fine yesterday. Some people engaged in evil work, purposefully redirecting it.
http://www.killtheapostrophe.com/ I checked it.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

The apostrophe is one of the most useful features of the English language.

First, it clarifies. There’s big difference between its and it’s, and a tiny bit of punctuation makes the distinction. Second, it simplifies. Would you rather say, “Peter’s father’s favorite hat” or “the favorite hat of the father of Peter”?

Brian1946's avatar

Without the apostrophe, how would we know who’re the whores? ;-)

flo's avatar

I don’t know how many memebers this group is made of but.

flo's avatar

How about:
“I bought my brothers cars”
Did you buy cars for each of your brothers?(edited) or
Did you buy the cars that beloged to your brothers?
Did you buy the cars that belonged to your brother?

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