Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Other Blogs

Today I stumbled across two blogs that are interesting. The first is the "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks. It's a blog devoted to the increasing and incorrect use of quotation marks around just about anything, whether they need it or not. You can view it here: http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/

The other, which is nearer and dearer to my heart, is the blog of Apostrophe Abuse. This is for all those people (myself included) who grate their teeth when we see a word ostensibly made plural by the addition of an apostrophe. "Toy's", for example. Or a sign in a supermarket advertising "peaches, pears and apple's". You can view that blog here: http://www.apostropheabuse.com/

At the other extreme is the propensity (maybe caused by laziness) to leave out apostrophes where they are really needed, as in contractions. I recently read a book called The Road, which is now a movie, about a boy and his father in a post-nuclear explosion world. It was a great book, very dark and somber. But it was hard reading because the author refused to use apostrophes. He would write "cant" for "can't", didnt" for "didn't", for example. The only time he used an apostrophe was when it was necessary to differentiate, such as "its" or "it's". And he did not use quotation marks for any conversation. Similar to that is Cold Mountain, but at least he offset quotations with a dash.

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