Friday, September 25, 2009
The apostrophe posse.
You may already have seen this on websites with about a jillion times more traffic than mine, but from what I understand, having me put it here makes it "viral".
You know, like swine flu.
Greta Van Susteren has had bad and obvious plastic surgery.
She works on Fox News.
She's a Scientologist.
People working for her in the advertising department are serious morons.
Doesn't this mean that every human on the planet has cause to hate her?
I know that some people have problems with its and it's. People typing loose when they mean lose or vice versa is very common. Their, there and they're were put on this earth to trip us up.
You have to work hard to make that mistake. Is it short for "get is"? No, that's completely silly. Is there something that belongs to the "get", and so it needs a possessive? Get is obviously the verb in this sentence and not a noun, so it's a little hard for it to take on the possessive form.
San Francisco columnist Herb Caen used to have items where he would "call the apostrophe police", usually for grammatically incorrect signs put in store windows. Mr. Caen is gone now, so I have deputized myself into an ad hoc apostrophe posse. We are planning to make a citizen's arrest.*
*(Note the correct use of the apostrophe in the word "citizen's". Nothing gets by Matty Boy.**)
**(Actually, things do get by Matty Boy, but never something this obvious.)