AngryPanda: The funny thing about that is when I was in college (like 5 years ago) they taught us that that particular rule was dead. The most grammar I ever learned was not in grade school, it was in college.
foxyshadis: That said, there's obviously no point in having an apostrophe - or even most vowels - if you can puzzle out the pronunciation of a word.
foxyshadis: Slate exists to troll random groups for pagehits, what do you expect? If this gets a lot of hits, they'll have a followup.That said, there's obviously no point in having an apostrophe - or even most vowels - if you can puzzle out the pronunciation of a word. You've all seen the experiments where you can read words that have most of their letters replaced by random alternates. What they do is break up words to create an easily identifiable visual pattern that lets you read more quickly, like many of our quirky little written semantics, something the article never touched on. That's why you read Youtube comments more slowly than Fark comments. (Well, your brain goes into shock and core dumps the first few attempts, too.)Remove apostrophes, reading slows down. Like having a few beers, bad writing makes you dumber.
Cythraul: Walker: I read it fine, as I also hate apostrophes.Why? What did apostrophes ever do to you?
xenophon10k: Sorry subby, that is not nearly as annoying as people who think that pluralizing a word requires an apostrophe.
jehovahs witness protection: Either way Bobs gonna be pissed
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