Mighty Red Pen

June 16, 2011

Way to go

Filed under: Apostrophe catastrophe,Overseen,Perilous punctuation — mighty red pen @ 6:34 pm
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This trifecta of apostrophe abuse capped off my week of apostrophic misadventures. Check it out:

I wouldn’t typically put apostrophes in atta or da, myself (but if you would, let’s hear it), but I certainly would not put them at the end of these words, nor would I put it at the end of ’em (rather than the beginning).   It’s a curious, curious choice.


By the way, it’s Bloomsday. Treat yourself to a picture of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses and to a breathy, rapturous recording of Molly’s soliloquy as read by Irish actress Marcella Riordan.


  1. Hiya MRP! I know it’s been ages since I’ve commented here. I finally got around to subscribing so I get an email notification every time you make a new post.

    So on to my comment. I would agree that ‘atta’ and ‘da’ should not have apostrophes, however, I do believe that there should be one at the beginning (not end of) ’em because in this case (with the apostrophe at the beginning) the apostrophe is doing it’s job of taking the place of a letter or two.

    Comment by Skatha — June 20, 2011 @ 7:39 am | Reply

  2. Just the other day I saw an ad with till’ on it. (Sadly, I don’t remember where I saw it.) ‘Til is common enough (though wrong, in my opinion) and ’till somewhat less common, but this one was new to me.

    Comment by Jonathon — August 3, 2011 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

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