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Clooney and apostrophes

Post by Katiedot on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 12:11

For all fellow grammarians out there:

From The Baltimore Sun

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September 12, 2011
On George Clooney and apostrophes

The premiere of George Clooney's new film, "The Ides of March," at the Toronto International Film Festival is getting a lot of attention.

Much of the attention has focused on whether Clooney and Baltimore-area ex-pro wrestler Stacey Kiebler are really a couple. A wee bit is focused on the merits of the adaptation of Beau Willimon's play "Farragut North."

I think Clooney's movie is worth noting for another reason: egregious punctuation. As National Punctuation Day nears -- Sept. 24 -- it's time to take stock of our use of commas, apostrophes and other squiggly things.

So when I read on the "Ides" website that the movie is about a campaign manager in a "political scandal that threatens to upend his candidates shot at the presidency," my blood starts to boil.

I see more and more misuse -- and disuse -- of the apostrophe these days. Another offender: our local snowball stand, which proclaims on a sign: Kid's Rule.
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Re: Clooney and apostrophes

Post by lucy on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 12:24

LOL I"M the biggest offender, sign me up for a class on when to use and when not CRS!
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Post by Casey on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 12:52

Punctuation Day nears -- Sept. 24

I'm all for this. How can we celebrate this day?

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Post by Guest on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 13:51

We could celebrate it by using as many apostrophes as possible.

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Post by blubelle on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 16:21

Good idea Cindy. Let's s'tart n'ow.
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Post by Guest on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 17:47

Ok'y dok'y!

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Post by Katiedot on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 18:35

Don't. Even. Think. About. It.
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Re: Clooney and apostrophes

Post by cindigirl on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 18:44

OK no more apostrophes from me. Can I use commas though? It breaks up the sentence.
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Post by it's me on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 19:16

I feel myself a bit dumb

wot is this apostrophes thing???
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Post by cindigirl on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 19:25

It's just " ________". Not a word you hear every day. It's usually referred to as quotes.
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Post by it's me on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 19:32

ohhhhhhhh

thanks

bec to us ' this is the aphostrophe
and those " are virgolette (lil commas)
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Re: Clooney and apostrophes

Post by Guest on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 19:48

The apostrophe has three uses:
1. to form possessives of nouns
2. to show the omission of letters
3. to indicate certain plurals of lowercase letters

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Post by cindigirl on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 19:56

You're right Cindy the apostrophy is ' not "". I think the original article had it wrong. Right?
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Post by it's me on Tue 13 Sep 2011, 20:36

right
or wrong???

okok
kidding...
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Post by Katiedot on Wed 14 Sep 2011, 05:08

it's me wrote:ohhhhhhhh

thanks

bec to us ' this is the aphostrophe
and those " are virgolette (lil commas)

Correct. In English too, the apostrophe is: '
and quotation marks (or speech marks) are: "
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Post by Katiedot on Wed 14 Sep 2011, 05:11

cindigirl wrote:You're right Cindy the apostrophy is ' not "". I think the original article had it wrong. Right?
The original article was upset at the missing apostrophe from this sentence: "political scandal that threatens to upend his candidates shot at the presidency,"

The way it's written, the sentence reads that his candidates (plural) being shot at the presidency (maybe in a cannon or something) are threated to be upended by a political scandal.
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Re: Clooney and apostrophes

Post by it's me on Wed 14 Sep 2011, 06:29

yep
apostrophes
or commas
are really important

them missing
and statement changes!
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