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If I asked what your pet peeve was, how would you respond?

What about a pet peeve about punctuation? Do you see things, when you are reading, that drive you crazy? If you gave it some thought, you might actually discover you have more than one personal punctuation pet peeve (PPPP).

I definitely have multiple PPPPs, but the biggest is people who use apostrophes to make words plural. You know who you are! LOL.

I see this all the time. It is especially common when people are making acronyms plural. Think DVD’s  and CD’s (as opposed to DVDs and CDs). I understand that people may be concerned about all the letters running together, but the best solution, in my opinion, is simply showing the acronym in capital letters and using a small letter s at the end.

The official online definition of an apostrophe ( ‘ ) is: a punctuation mark used to indicate possession (e.g. John’s book or the boys’ coats) or the omission of letters and numbers (e.g. can’t for cannot or the class of ’99 for 1999).

Let’s have some fun! Right now, share your PPPP here in a comment. Let’s see if you agree about the misuse of apostrophes or if your PPPP is even more annoying!

I look forward to reading your comments! Don’t keep me waiting…



  1. Sandyjdub says:

    I think the worst misuse of apostrophes is when “it’s” (meaning “it is”) is used to mean “its” (possessive form of “it”). I still marvel at the company vice president who insisted on using “it’s” when “its” was correct. She had asked me to review and edit a document to be sent to a customer base. I replaced “it’s” with “its” and included an explanation with a dictionary reference backing up that change. She refused to allow the correction, so the document went out to customers with the original error. Of course, it’s likely that most readers didn’t notice. Grammar and punctuation aren’t taught today in the detailed fashion of some decades ago. When creative writing became the new way of teaching language arts, structure and rules fell out of favor.

    • Deb says:

      Thanks for sharing Sandyjdub. Definitely a grammar pet peeve! You did all you can do. As an editor, I make “suggestions” and it is up to the author to take it or leave it. That can be frustrating, but I have learned it is all part of the job. Deb :)

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