RE: use of apostrophe

Subject: RE: use of apostrophe
From: Liz -dot- Goodwin -at- ametek -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 15:50:55 -0500

Maggie wrote:
Don't you mean the '60s and '70s? <g>
By "Originally" you may mean it came in to use in that era. I don't think
that's the original use.

Maggie Secara

I went to grade school in the 1950's ('50s) and we were taught to use the
apostrophe. I'm assuming that at that time it was the accepted format. So,
when I use the term "originally" I am meaning "original" to me (in my
youth). Does anyone know if it was used without the apostrophe before then
('40s, 30's, etc.)? :)


> As someone who taught English to 7th and 8th graders for 10
> years back in
> the 60's and 70's, originally we always used the apostrophe
> for acronyms
> and for numbers (60's and 70's). However, in more recent times, the
> apostrophe has been eliminated. My husband is a proofreaer
> for a law firm
> and they never use the apostrophe in those cases anymore -
> nor do I in my
> techical writing.

Liz Goodwin
liz -dot- goodwin -at- ametek -dot- com

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