Lets abolish all apostrophes and commas. This would be a better world without them. We worry over them and what do they give us in return? Clarity? Hardly.
If one doesnt know how to use them they make a person feel stupid and inadequate (although most people who dont know how to use them dont seem to give a rats ass) and if you do know how to use them you are always on edge braced to see them being abused.
No more tensing up over “it’s” v. “its.” In the case of “you’re” v. “your” all that I would have to be annoyed about is the spelling.
Apostrophes and commas use up ink and give nothing back but anxiety insecurity and surges in stomach acid. I say out with them!
Apostrophes are easy, and commas are not that much more difficult. From what I can tell, people just aren’t taught how to use either one, so they make assumptions about how they are supposed to be used. And you can’t have it both ways. If people don’t give a rat’s ass about proper usage, they can’t also be stressed out about usage. I’d rather we keep them and teach people correctly instead of abolishing them and making it harder to understand written communication.
from adding commas to,
every other word,
within my mind;
at the end of,
Then a full,
dot dot dot,
perhaps a hy-
Despite my occasional tendencies toward grammar fascism, I could get behind losing the apostrophe; it’s happening anyway. But touch not the comma, except to encourage more use of the dash and the parenthesis. All three add a great deal of clarity.
I’m afraid that we might need to do something which has obviously never been tried before – teach people how to read and write properly. I know this is a shocking concept that has actually never been attempted before (I don’t consider any of the “grammar” lessons I had in school to be the list bit useful in teaching proper grammar). Someone who is not a grammarian actually needs to determine how to teach reading and writing without making it so obtuse and incomprehensible that kids just give up out of frustration. I don’t need to diagram a damn sentence. I don’t need to know about all of the obscure grammatical terms. Just tell me how to use the words correctly and where they make sense in modern American English (insert appropriate language for your country in place of American English) and let’s get on with it and read. That is how I learned most of my English – by reading books. I know this is another shocking and unheard of concept – but, it does work.