How history has changed.

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"You find not the apostrashas, and so miss the accent"?  Well, no, of course you don't, nobody remembers anything said by that frightful bore, and we certainly shan't detain ourselves bothering to work out what he was driving at.  All we need to know is that, in Shakespeare's time, an apostrophe indicated omitted letters, which meant Hamlet could say with supreme apostrophic confidence:  "Fie on't! O fie!";  "'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wish'd"; and even, "I am too much i' the sun"-the latter, incidentally, a clear case of a writer employing a new-fangled punctuation mark entirely for the sake of it, and condemning countless generations of serious long-haired actors to adopt a knowing expression and say i'- as if this actually added anything to the meaning."  (Truss 37-38)


I thought this was interesting because over time, it defined who the apostrophe should be used.  like it stated, it was first just to put in the place of unused letters.  and now, its used for possessions pretty much.  wow how things have changed, they are not even similiar uses. 

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