The apostrophe

June 27, 2008

Is it really so hard to use punctuation correctly?

This photo was taken at a roadside stall on Mount Tambourine (South East Queensland Australia), but the problem of apostrophe misuse is shamefully ubiquitous.

For the record, there should be no apostrophe in a plural word such as ‘avocados’ (and yes, that’s the correct spelling!).

Where are they used? In two circumstances only – to indicate:

  • a deleted letter, as in it’s (it is).
  • possession, as in ‘the avocado’s seed’.

Anything else deserves a public flogging!

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