Mighty Red Pen

February 8, 2012

The kids’s are all right

Filed under: Apostrophe catastrophe — mighty red pen @ 5:41 pm

What do you do when you’re making a word possessive and you can’t decide if the apostrophe goes before or after the “s”? Well, one strategy—which I do not recommend—is to put it both before and after.

The silver lining to this moment? Hearing S. (age 8) say, “That’s not written right, is it, Mom?” No, no it isn’t.



  1. It really should be “kids’s'” then.

    Comment by MG — February 20, 2012 @ 9:53 pm | Reply

  2. For as long as the apostrophe remains part of the English writing system, there’ll inevitably be continued confusion over its use.

    I think apostrophe errors have more or less been flogged to death as a cause célèbre for grammar pedants.

    Comment by JJM — February 29, 2012 @ 10:22 am | Reply

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