Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Punctuation Problem

Via Moogie:



Right there with you on 9 of 'em, but...

Heaven help me, though, I just can't stop myself from using apostrophes when I pluralize numbers and letters.

For example:

"I had some old keyboards, got bored, and popped some of the keys off. I'm surrounded by piles of 5's & M's"

It just looks confusing to me if I end that with 5s & Ms

9 comments:

  1. Irregardless is now a word. Thus proving if you do something wrong often enough, it becomes right.

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  2. Most folks will be nonplussed about your use of the apostrophes.

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  3. Color me plussed.

    And thanks for the link!

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  4. I have to agree on the 5's and M's...while 5s and Ms are technically correct (the best kind of correct), they just tend to throw people off.

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  5. I'm with you on the apostrophes.

    And... someone can tell me affect and effect differences all day long, and I'm STILL going to get it wrong. STILL.

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  7. My personal pet peeve: "A whole nother."

    I hear this all the time, even from supposedly educated people! What is a "nother" and how does someone go about finding a whole one?

    People are actually sticking a word ["whole"] in the midst of another word ["another"] and thinking that it's cool to do that. No! No! No!

    "Another whole" is correct. I'll even accept "a whole other," but "a whole nother" is not even English!!! Arrgh!!!

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  8. #1 aggravates me to no end. Most will agree when I point it out to them, but I've had people argue that "I could care less" means that they actually don't care at all. Sure, I know what they mean, but it's stupid.

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