Well, I couldn’t resist. It’s from our largest local newspaper. Friday, Aug 22, 2003 Wherever you look, someone
Tell me about it. I noticed that a whole damn lot of native English speakers frequently make mistakes against its use, and it’s quite silly a Dutch/French- speaking guy like me trips over these typos. (I hate that, it even makes me stop reading on certain occasions.) Then again, I make loads of other mistakes and my use of the English language is often quite… eh… let’s call it “inventive”. So who am I to judge? Good article BTW. THX for the link, Mr. Treacy.
Yves, You’re welcome. It’s interesting: When I thought to post the link, it was because seemed a good piece to share with English users in the US (and perhaps English-speaking areas of Canada and the UK). I hadn’t thought until you mentioned it, that it might also beneﬁt those working with English elsewhere — like Belgium — where it must be especially confusing. You might call English “inventovative”. :-) And highly possessive. Joe
See also: Bob the Angry Flower’s Guide to the Apostrophe, You Idiots
David Crystal was on BBC radio last week talking about the decline of the correct use of the apostrophe…
the decline of the correct use of the apostrophe… This would suggest that it was used correctly at some stage. When was that, I wonder? Matha
John, Does Bob the Angry Flower do grammar too? I’m in serious need. M.