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Post by necronom » Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:27 pm

Madge wrote:
necronom wrote:You need a "Punctuation Repair Kit", as found in "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" (the paperback edition).
I know of this book, but haven't read it. What is a Punctuation Repair Kit? Something to do with stickers? I suspect it's the sort of thing that would get you punched/arrested if you actually used it.
Yes, it's a sheet of stickers of different sizes that you put in the correct place when you see a mistake in a shop window, or some such place.

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Post by The Master » Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:39 pm

Apostrophes in abbreviation plurals, ie. CD's, DVD's, is actually gramatically permitted, although CDs, DVDs etc is more common.

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Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:44 pm

The Master wrote:Apostrophes in abbreviation plurals, ie. CD's, DVD's, is actually gramatically permitted, although CDs, DVDs etc is more common.
I didn't know that DVD's was ok grammatically , although I've always thought i looked better than DVDs
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Post by Madge » Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:49 pm

I've never seen anything that says it's OK to apostrophise plural acronyms. Here's a site which states the contrary:
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Rhetoric_a ... apostrophe
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Post by The Master » Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:52 pm

It's optional but increasingly being seen as incorrect. "Photo's" was once also a valid contraction for photographs; only Bill T'ick of Froth Barn in the Tilt would use that these days...

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Post by Madge » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:00 pm

Surely the apostrophe in "photo's" was meant to indicate the missing "graph" before "photo" became a commonly used word in its own right, it wasn't there simply to create a plural.
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Post by The Master » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:08 pm

Thing is, I was reading all about this just the other day, on a "proper web site" - something like the BBC, or similar - which is why it's fresh in my mind. CD's is OK, CDs though is more common (esp. in the US), and more commonly accepted by now; 1980's is also allowed, despite being "technically" wrong... I can't for the life of me remember where I read it now though...

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Post by Ultros » Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:46 pm

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Post by chewy » Sun Sep 02, 2007 6:33 am

necronom wrote:
Madge wrote:People who say "I seen" instead of "I saw" deserve a slap.
But my all time number one pet hate is written rather than spoken - the misplaced apostrophe. Whenever I see that on a sign I have to fight an urge to find a marker pen and correct it.
You need a "Punctuation Repair Kit", as found in "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" (the paperback edition).
My girlfriend's copy of said book has a massive error on the FIRST PAGE, involving a word that shouldn't be there, so I can't take it seriously. Whether or not it was supposed to be there for you to notice I never found out, as I was so disgusted the author was preaching good grammar I threw the book down! :D

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Post by Dudley » Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:47 am

YES!

And there's plenty of offenders on this board damnit!
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Post by Dudley » Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:49 am

The Master wrote:CD's is OK
No. It isn't.
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Post by necronom » Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:52 am

chewy wrote:My girlfriend's copy of said book has a massive error on the FIRST PAGE, involving a word that shouldn't be there, so I can't take it seriously. Whether or not it was supposed to be there for you to notice I never found out, as I was so disgusted the author was preaching good grammar I threw the book down! :D
I've just read the first page of the intro to the hardback, and I didn't notice anything wrong. You might be referring to a different page though.

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Post by The Master » Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:20 am

Dudley wrote:
The Master wrote:CD's is OK
No. It isn't.
I agree it LOOKS wrong, feels wrong, and doesn't make sense. I'll bet large sums of money that it's actually permitted under English grammar though.

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Post by DrBlue » Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:43 am

The apostrophe is (almost) always used to replace one or more letters. For instance:

Is not - Isn't
Does not - Doesn't
You are - You're

It is often also used to replace 'is' and denote belonging such as:

Dave's not home
Where is Dave's car

A mistake i often make is the possessive form of 'it' which should not have an apostrophe, for instance:

The dog ate it's dinner - is incorrect
The dog licked its nuts - is correct

An apostrophe can only be used in 'it's' when it is being used to replace 'it is.' So:

It's four o'clock - is correct
Its time to go - is incorrect

Apostrophes may never be used to denote plurals, therefore CD's is incorrect unless you are referring to something the CD owns or is a property of the CD. For example:

I have four CD's - is incorrect
This is the CD's first track - is correct
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