2nd catchup for today, from 21st August. Nothing reveals obsession with grammatical accuracy as much as the humble apostrophe, celebrated this day in the Apostrophe Day championships. Have a go yourselves with a haiku illustrating the complexity of the apostrophe.
|Toolkit for bakers.
Is it “baker’s” or “bakers’”
or “bakers” toolkit?
Pussy has no food.
Shortening’s the word
What’s mine’s not yours, mate.
21st August 2013 – headline from the Guardian
Notes: “It’s in its right place: how to use apostrophes – the winning haiku.” For the competition for International Apostrophe Day entrants had to tweet an apostrophe-themed haiku.
AND THE WINNER ……Apostrophe Vigilante, who tweets as @ApostropheLaw, made the winning tweet neatly demonstrating how an apostrophe can change the meaning of a sentence.
I’ve run out of food.
This also linked to an item on 22nd August: “Demonstrating a lack of basic grammar, Zissman, 26, tweeted her followers asking: “Can you all help me out as I’m crap at grammar. Is it bakers toolkit or baker’s toolkit is an apostrophe?! X (sic)””
- Happy International Apostrophe Day! (blogs.abc.net.au)