apostrophe apostrophe  /ə ˈpɑ strə fi/


  1. (n) address to an absent or imaginary person
  2. (n) the mark (') used to indicate the omission of one or more letters from a printed word

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  1. The apostrophe, she hinted, is about as useful as the vermiform appendix.
  2. Apparently, Feilding Cage doesn't know the difference in an apostrophe and a single open quote.
  3. Use it a little while with an apostrophe, then drop the apostrophe and the word is made.


  • Thursday To-Do: Jeff Deck

    JEFF DECK 6:30 p.m. Main Library. Free. If your the typo person who gets P-O'd at the site of misused homophones, missspelings, creative abbrev., stray apostrophe's, Mysterious Capitalizations, "enthusiastic" and "seemingly random" usage of "quotation marks," or other such abuses of written language, you will likely sympathize with author Jeff Deck . In 2007, Deck and his colleague Benjamin D ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Arkansas Times


  1. "Think of how many key strokes we've saved over the last few years since the apostrophe was eliminated," Douglas said in a telephone interview from the mountain road that passes through Smugglers Notch (no apostrophe).
    on Jul 26, 2009 By: Jim Douglas Source: Boston Globe

  2. "To those who care about punctuation, a sentence such as 'Thank God its Friday' (without the apostrophe) rouses feelings not only of despair but of violence ......," Truss writes. "Getting your itses mixed up is the greatest solecism in the...
    on Nov 23, 2009 By: Lynne Truss Source: Ottawa Citizen

  3. "They left out the apostrophe, they were worried it would cause confusion," says 't Hooft, who popped into Perth last month to talk at the University of Western Australia about the great unsolved contradictions of physics. "It's true that...
    on Dec 8, 2009 By: Gerardus 't Hooft Source: The Australian

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