A good old-fashioned error

Proving once again that the writers at Yahoo! Style haven’t the slightest idea when and why to use an apostrophe, this punctuation genius uses it to show a letter’s missing (I think):

apos ol sty

I’m just not sure what letter is missing. Could that be short for pol? I’m strictly ol’ school when it comes to punctuation: Don’t use an apostrophe unless you know why you’re using it.


7 Responses to “A good old-fashioned error”

  1. Micki Allen Says:

    Speaking of misplaced apostrophes … where do come down on its use in the Southern word pronounced “yawl” — do you prefer “y’all” or “ya’ll” when you read it? Answer carefully, Laura. I’m from Texas. =0)

    • Laura Says:

      I wasn’t even aware there was any controversy about this or any side to “come down on.” I’ve been taught it’s a contraction of “you all”; therefore, it’s “y’all.” And “ya’ll” is a contraction of “you will.”

  2. Old Man Says:

    Does an apostrophe indicate the omission of one letter only, or can it indicate the omission of several letters? It would make the difference between y’all and y”all.

    • Laura Says:

      You’ll probably be able to answer that yourself. I’ve a pretty good idea that it’s been pointed out before that the apostrophe can indicate the omission of one or more letters or numbers.

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