Is there any other punctuation mark in the English language as misused and abused as the poor ol’ apostrophe? (See what I did there? For those who didn’t – do read on!).
Alas apostrophes are seen in the strangest of places these days, not least to make a noun plural, when they really should not be there at all. Here are some apostrophe catastrophes I’ve seen around and about recently:
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons, said T.S. Elliot. Every writer can identify – how many times has a pot of coffee helped you power through writer’s block and bust those deadlines?
A writer’s love affair with coffee is well documented – in fact, writers and editors have one of the highest rates of coffee consumption by profession. Now, just why do we drink so much coffee? Whilst writing is a creative activity, those of us who write for a livin...
Hey, hey, hey, hey! Satirist muso ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic is back with a new album, Mandatory Fun, which includes a stinging parody on Robin Thicke’s hit Blurred Lines. It’s called Word Crimes and it's going viral – over 9 million views and counting - providing lessons in good language practice and how to captivate an audience with super-entertaining content…Have a listen and a chuckle over here…
Today marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. In fact, the actual birth date of William Shakespeare – English poet, playwright and cultural icon also known as The Bard – is unknown, although his baptism is recorded as taking place on 26th April 1564. His birthday is traditionally celebrated on St George’s Day – England’s National Day – the 23rd April. This date also marks the day on which Shakespeare died, in 1616, at the (relatively young) age of 52.
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