Tamsin Constable

Apostrophes – is there a trend to switch usage?

The school photos came home yesterday, along with a card for children to collect small images of their classmates. At the risk of becoming an apostrophe-botherer, I couldn’t really let this slip one by: two apostrophe mistakes in one go. The plural (photos) gets a possessive apostrophe. And the possessive (friends’ … ) gets treated as a plural.

Then it dawned on me… The more these two breeds of apostrophes are not so much randomly added or omitted as switched, the more such switching will become the norm. Heck… getting rid of apostrophes altogether suddenly feels like something to think about.

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