3 Rules to Get Apostrophes Right Every Single Time (RIP Apostrophe Protection Society)

3 Rules to Get Apostrophes Right Every Single Time (RIP Apostrophe Protection Society)

Last week we went to Hamburg, New York for the Thanksgiving holidays. (It’s my husband’s hometown.) And it seems I can’t escape the absurd use of apostrophes even when on vacation because I had to stare at this sign while trying to enjoy my beer: We were at a cute neighborhood pub and I was drinking a tasty local brew called Frosty the IPA and eating Buffalo wings, of course, yet still. That sign annoyed me the whole time. Why do so many people get it wrong? Sadly, it seems the incorrect use of the apostrophe is the new normal. In...
On Long Country Drives, Rustic Wooden Signs, and Annoying Apostrophe Errors

On Long Country Drives, Rustic Wooden Signs, and Annoying Apostrophe Errors

I spent this past weekend with women I’ve been friends with for 40 years. It was long overdue and delightful, and I laughed until my stomach hurt. But my eyes also hurt because while driving through the countryside to get to the beachfront rental, I’d repeatedly see people’s last names on signs in front of their properties with an incorrect apostrophe. You’ve seen these signs, I’m sure. They are usually carved or painted wood, with a small “The” in the upper left corner above the family...
The Secret of Semicolons…or How to Use This Sexy Piece of Punctuation Correctly

The Secret of Semicolons…or How to Use This Sexy Piece of Punctuation Correctly

This week’s blog post is brought to you by one of my kids—because I just found out I didn’t teach her how to use semicolons. OK, maybe it was the school’s job when she was younger, but really, I work with words for a living. I teach business writing skills. I know my punctuation. And somehow I didn’t pass along this valuable information. Parenting fail! So I’m passing it along now, in a very public way. (Emma, are you paying attention?) I heart semicolons It’s too bad people misuse them. Semicolons are unique! They are perhaps...