Mighty Red Pen

November 12, 2009

How to use an apostrophe

Filed under: Apostrophe catastrophe,Perilous punctuation — mighty red pen @ 6:47 pm
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Who couldn’t use a helpful flow chart on the do’s and don’ts of apostrophes? Well, the folks at the Oatmeal have created one!


There’s so much more where this came from. Check it out.

Hat tip to Captain Moondog at Today in Awesome.


  1. Hopefully you’re already familiar to “Bob’s Guide to the Apostrophe, You Idiot!”

    Comment by Asmor — November 14, 2009 @ 6:51 am | Reply

  2. And I’d just like to point out that I just woke up and didn’t get nearly enough sleep, so I’m not responsible for any grammar errors in the previous post. :/

    Comment by Asmor — November 14, 2009 @ 6:52 am | Reply

  3. Love your blog! I hope you’ll visit my blog and claim an award I posted for you!

    Comment by janet — November 16, 2009 @ 12:32 am | Reply

  4. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage and the Oxford Companion to the English Language tell us that the apostrophe of plurality is still a standard option with letters, numbers, abbreviations, and symbols.

    Comment by goofy — November 19, 2009 @ 10:02 am | Reply

  5. However, the apostrophe is NEVER an acceptable option when applied to the plural form of nouns!

    Not a single day passes without an apostrophe offense coming across my desk. I have recently started to think that I might have to resign myself to a world that accepts an apostrophe wherever it might land.


    Comment by Frume Sarah — November 19, 2009 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

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