Thursday, June 27, 2013
"I can't be bothered to read any of this until you learn to use apostrophes correctly, like you should have done in grade school" - Rollory
I do so love it when people taste their own feet. Let us discuss the apostrophe shall we? It's about time Rollory got an education on it's use.
Did you catch that? **GASP** I just used it's for a contraction... then I used the same it's for a possessive! Why I am a moron! I should've learned in grade school that its is possessive! I mean Nate's been to elementary school so somewhere in Nate's books it must have taught it. Right?
I mean the word "it" is totally different though. It's special.
Listen up people... it's time for a history lesson, and a grammar lesson, all rolled into one. It turns out that your beloved rule about the apostrophe and the word "it" is in fact a load of bovine excrement. In fact the rule was the exact opposite until the 19th century. Originally the word "tis" was used where today we use "it is", and "it's" was used only as the possessive. As "tis" fell out of use in the late 18th century things had to change. It turns out though... that all through the 19th century "it's" was used for both. Which, by the way, is far more consistent and logical than the stupid rule forced on us today. After all... that's how we treat every other word in the language.
Folks... in every other case an apostrophe is used for both contractions... and to denote the possessive. It is up to the reader to denote the meaning from the context. Nate's running late... or Nate's running shoes. It's all up to you the reader.
If you can lay out a case as to what about "it" makes it so special that it needs it's own rule today when it got along for centuries just fine, I should like to hear it.
It's or It's people. There is no its.
Stand and fight with me!