Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Apostrophe

Are there gaffes in punctuation that bug you?
Mine is overuse of the apostrophe.
Like this: Walk-In's Welcome.
Or this: Its'

I'm not going to take people through the Oxford Guide, which serves as a handy platform for cocktails on my side table. But there's no such word as its', and the apostrophe notes possession or is a conjunction of it is. Yeah, call me the grammar police with a gin and tonic.

So it's walk-ins, not walk-in's. And it's its.
And now back to my regularly scheduled cocktail.