Mind your Ps and Qs, not your P’s and Q’s

This post has been updated and moved to http://www.stickycommunication.ca/2010/10/minimalist-punctuation-direction-without-clutter/.

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  2. It’s a battle, all right! I just pointed out to someone the other day a sign on someone’s house that should be a plural, indicating the various family members who live there, but no, it’s “The Name’s.”

  3. Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by barbsawyers: Join the fight against apostrophes with plurals, as in ATM’s. Wince. http://bit.ly/1MRq3s

  4. Bravo on this one (and on your terrific and valuable site in general). We see this happening SO much out there. I’ll admit the whole possessive-versus-plural thing can be confusing, but it’s (hope I did that right) worth halting everything when you get there to make sure that little dangly thing before the ‘s’ is being handled correctly (pardon the slightly blue analogy here, unintended). Thanks for putting this out there.

  5. Thanks, Larry and Sue. I seem to have struck a nerve. We have a lively discussion at the IABC Linked site. One woman told us she carries a sharpie so she can correct all the offensive signs she sees every day. Think I’ll try that too.

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