So, how have your apostrophes been behaving this past week?

One reader sent me this classic that someone had sent him years ago…

Classic apostrophe

Can you spot where they missed out an apostrophe that should’ve been included?

Another reader correctly pointed out that the only other time an apostrophe should follow our beloved Saturdays is when an event belongs to the day, so that it becomes “Saturday’s match is going to be a classic.”

What about the other classic mistakes people make every single day?

A surprising number of people say “Anythink” or even “Somethink” when they really mean “Anything” or “Something.”

I haven’t heard this one for a while now I have to confess but it used to be shockingly common and I wouldn’t know wherre to put my face much less correct the person…”Pacific” or “Pacifically” when the person means “Specific” or “Specifically”.

More common in church circles, I have witnessed several public readings when the person reads the word spelt “Prospesy” from the Bible but pronounces it in the same way as its sister word “Prophecy”. The trick in remembering which is which is simply if the word has a C in it, then pronounce it “C” whereas with the S, it rhymes with sky.

How about “ect” when really the person means to write “etc”. The abbreviation comes from the Latin phrase “et cetera” meaning other things – hence etc. A related mistake is when people use etc at the end of a list of people when the correct Latin is et al. (I didn’t study Latin by the way.)

Then we have a mistake I see  wrongly written all the time…”every time I loose my phone” when of course what they mean is “lose my phone”.

“Your my best friend and I wish I had you’re jacket” should read “You’re (you are) my best friend and I wish I had your jacket. A very silly sentence but never mind.

There, their or they’re shouldn’t need any explaining and for this readership, I’m sure they don’t but it is still shocking to see how many people write them down incorrectly.

Similarly with to, too or two but just last night, I watched something on TV where the man wrote a slogan on his t-shirt as follows:

“To many logs” when he of course meant “too many”.

Well the rant is over and like most rants, it rather feels like I should’ve stopped a while ago but there you have it.

Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.