Trusst me. You WANT to read this!
This entry is another Double Feature so hold on to your socks people, you're in for a wild ride! These quotes are from Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots & Leaves.
a) "I hope that by now you are already feeling sorry for the apostrophe" (46).
b) "Of course it should be St Thomas's Hospital. Of Course it should. The trouble is that institutions, towns, colleges, families, companies and brands have authority over their own spelling and punctiuation (which is often historic), and there is absolutely nothing we can do except raise an eyebrow and make a mental note" (58).
First, I have to blow off some steam. I have to admit, while reading this I had many random outburst of "Oh my gosh! It's really not that big a deal!" I'm not saying that I don't think grammar is important, I do, but there are some people in the world who aren't taught extensive grammar skills. I seriously have not been taught grammar since like 5th grade. Yes, I have received some instruction but my teachers have not really gone into depth with it. I think that each teacher thought that we just knew so they only did a brief overview. Teachers also know that students do not really like learning grammar and terms so some just don't teach it. I will admit, it's boring! Quote "a" along with some other outrageous and over-dramatic quotes stuck out to me. My reaction to Truss's above comment was "Hardly. An apostrophe is an inanimate object woman!" I chose quote "b" because she contridicts herself really. She said above that grammar books can't make up their minds about whether it is really "Keats' poems" or "Keats's poems" but then she says she's bothered by when people misuse it. Obviously, all the grammar people need to get together and decide what the heck we should do and here's a hard concept, STICK TO IT! Honestly, Truss needs to get over herself and maybe she would enjoy life a little more.
Ok...I feel better now that that's off my chest! Time to move on to my next quote.
"Elton John, a friend of the Beckhams', said last night...I mean to say, why do those sweet little Beckhams need to possess Elton John twice?" (60).
I never thought of this and it is a good point. I did not know that you could make something possessive twice and I really like her explanation and motivation to look it up when she did not know what the rule was. "A friend of me" completely sounds stupid, "A friend of mine" is definately correct. Even though Truss makes me angry, she does know what she is talking about.
Small tangent for Dr. Jerz or anyone who might know off hand, is it really acceptable to leave the period off of Dr.? If so, I missed the notice. If you check out this site, it says it is ok but I don't believe it!