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


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

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

  3. Color me plussed.

    And thanks for the link!

  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.

  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!!!

  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.