Has anyone else noticed a bit of an apostrophe apocalypse lately? It seems everywhere I look, apostrophes are being used incorrectly. I don’t know why, but this is one of my pet peeves. I’ve seen it in newspapers, material written by professional organisations, and successful authors’ blogs. Drives me crazy! Is it really that hard?!
Here’s some examples I’ve seen recently:
- From a published author’s blog: A writers online presence can be a great tool to connect with readers.
- From a daily newspaper with a large circulation: Worst scenario: loss of your life and possibly the loss of rescuers lives and others
- From the newsletter of an organisation with more than 6,000 employees: Pedestrian safety gate’s, similar to one’s seen overseas, have been installed at the busway tunnel entrance…
- On the back of a bottle of dog shampoo:
- On the wall of a football stadium
Does this bother anyone else? Or do I seriously need to get a grip? (Feel free to say the latter!)
Do you think punctuation mistakes are becoming more frequent or have I just become more aware of them?
Let me know your thoughts…