zeborah: Map of New Zealand with a zebra salient (Stressed)
Look, I love apostrophes as much as anyone, but really I think it's time to admit that all this angst and mocking is just a waste of our time.

Does it really, in the greater scheme of things, matter all that much?

So someone says "Fix your stilleto's here" -- we know what they mean. So someone says "Its stupid" -- we know what they mean. We don't actually *need* apostrophes or lack of apostrophes in order to figure out what a sentence means.

So why force people to learn rules in order to write those sentences?

I figure we've got three choices, because this whole "Let's force pointless rules on generations of schoolkids who don't care" is getting old:

1) accept that the apostrophe can be used to signal the plural of nouns. It seems silly, but hey, why not?

2) get rid of all possessive apostrophes. All the other Germanic languages manage fine with "Deborahs book". Then we can teach simply and clearly that we use apostrophes only when letters are missing, as in "it's, that's, don't, can't".

3) get rid of all apostrophes entirely. This has the added bonus of providing a simple solution to a bunch of problems in computer coding.

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