The Apostrophe Protection Society (APS) has been forced to shut down, due to an alleged lack of interest in the subject. Listen to the news report below to find out more:
You can also read this article, or have a look at some ‘apostrophe catastrophes’.
This is no trifling matter. For example, should it be King’s Cross or Kings Cross? On the tube map, it says ‘King’s Cross’, but on the National Rail website, it does refer to the station as ‘Kings Cross’, which illustrates the insecurities in the use of the apostrophe over the centuries.
Some time ago, a grammar vigilante was claimed to roam the streets of Bristol late at night correcting bad punctuation on Bristol shop fronts.
With all this in mind, you could think of possible speaking points:
- Can you see the APS and this grammar vigilante’s points? What’s your take on their actions?
- Is English spelling and punctuation being neglected? If so, what may be some possible causes?
- Would English benefit from having an ‘Academy of the English Language’, just like Spanish or French have?
- Should written language adopt more similar conventions to spoken language?
Follow-up to the story (Dec 9th 2019): Renewed interest in apostrophes after society closed down