Monday, August 23, 2010
No, No, No, and a Thousand Nos (NOT No's or Noes or Nose)
The other day while driving, I saw a sign on the road advertising a closet organizing business called "Closet Pro's." Ugh! I wanted to swerve off the road right there, jump out of the car, stride into the office, and start a tirade. This is a business I would never employ. How could they possibly organize my closet if they can't even organize the letters on their sign properly? An apostrophe indicates possession, like "Lolamouse's migraine", or a contraction, like "it's stupid to use an apostrophe when it's not needed." What does "Pro's" mean? Nothing!
If you want to pepper your writing with punctuation marks, start putting commas in your sentences where they belong. People seem to think that commas are extraneous and have tossed them aside like old Betamax tapes. Bring back the comma! Leave the poor apostrophe to do its job as intended and stop sticking it where it doesn't belong. I know what my "s" can handle without any help!