Wednesday, March 25, 2009
New Grammar or Lazy Scholarship?
It's inevitable that text messaging will affect the way that students write in class. I've seen significant deterioration of writing skills in the past three or four years, and one particular grammatical detail has especially paid the price: the possessive apostrophe.
Oh, sweet little apostrophe that demonstrates what belongs to them, why have they forsaken you? Why must they write that Huck Finns father is an alcoholic and Hester Prynnes letter is a terrible burden? Don't they realize that might look plural, and therefore might create confusion?
I begin my campaign today: SAVE THE POSSESSIVE APOSTROPHE!!! It has only brought clarity to our lives and allowed us to claim things as our own. Help our young people to know its importance.
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