Re: The Death of the Apostrophe

Subject: Re: The Death of the Apostrophe
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- FS -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 1995 12:49:22 +0800

> In the essay (ITS ACADEMIC, OR IS IT?) Larson posits that people under the
> age of 35 generally have no idea how the apostrophe ought to be used...
> Is the apostrophe on the way out of the English language? Should we be
> fighting on the front to keep the apostrophe alive or mourning its passing?

Sometimes it doesn't matter whether you use the apostrophe. The golden rule
is that tech writers should always strive to be consistent and correct in
their use of English. The readers who don't know the difference won't care.
The ones who do know the difference will come to trust your writing to
mean what it says.


Stuart Burnfield (slb -at- fs -dot- com -dot- au) Voice: +61 9 328 8288
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