The Accidental Apostrophe

Sunday Times bestselling author Caroline Taggart brings her usual gently humorous approach to punctuation, pointing out what really matters and what doesn't.

Author: Caroline Taggart

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 9781782438212

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Sunday Times bestselling author Caroline Taggart brings her usual gently humorous approach to punctuation, pointing out what really matters and what doesn't. In Roman times, blocks of text were commonly written just as blocks without even wordspacingnevermindpunctuation to help the reader to interpret them. Orators using such texts as notes for a speech would prepare carefully so that they were familiar with the content and didn't come a cropper over a confusion between, say, therapists and the rapists. As we entered the Christian era and sacred texts were widely read (by priests if not by the rest of us), it became ever more important to remove any likelihood of misinterpretation. To a potential murderer or adulterer, for example, there is a world of difference between 'If you are tempted, yield not, resisting the urge to commit a sin' and 'If you are tempted, yield, not resisting the urge to commit a sin'. And the only surface difference is the positioning of a comma. So yes, you SMS-addicts and 'let it all hang out' Sixties children, punctuation does matter. And, contrary to what people who tear their hair out over apostrophes believe, it is there to help - to clarify meaning, to convey emphasis, to indicate that you are asking a question or quoting someone else's words. It also comes in handy for telling your reader when to pause for breath. Caroline Taggart, who has made a name for herself expounding on the subjects of grammar, usage and words generally (and who for decades made her living putting in the commas in other people's work), takes her usual gently humorous approach to punctuation. She points out what matters and what doesn't; why using six exclamation marks where one will do is perfectly OK in a text but will lose you marks at school; why hang glider pilots in training really need a hyphen; and how throwing in the odd semicolon will impress your friends. Sometimes opinionated but never dogmatic, she is an ideal guide to the (perceived) minefield that is punctuation.

Materials for the Study of the Old English Drama

In another list Bayfield groups 13 lines which he sets apart for the ' Accidental
Omission of the Apostrophe.'8 ) In several cases there does not appear any need
for elision or for slurring , so that there need not be a mark at all . Thus in line ( 1 )
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ISBN: UCAL:B4116888

Category: English drama

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Lady Chatterley s Lover and A Propos of Lady Chatterley s Lover

Inadvertent omissions such as incomplete quotation marks and omitted full stops
have been supplied . 4. Omitted or misplaced apostrophes in possessive case
and the apostrophe in ' o'clock ' have been supplied or corrected . 5.

Author: D. H. Lawrence

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521007178

Category: Fiction

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This edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover restores the text to the words that Lawrence wrote.

Yeats and Postmodernism

It makes it possible by articulating the accidental materialism of metonymy into
the ideal order of synecdoche and , even more , the ... Here , then , is an
apostrophe of modernism not unlike Eliot ' s mandarin definition of the mythical
method .

Author: Leonard Orr

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ISBN: UOM:39015019406712

Category: Literary Criticism

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Ten original essays apply a wide spectrum of contemporary critical theories to major works in the Yeats Canon, serving as models of how to read and work with Yeats from a postmodernist/poststructuralist perspective. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Modern Language Notes

In 104 examples the apostrophe is used with d . ... The following words are
spelled both with and without the apostrophe : liv ' d ( 19 , 21 , 27 , 33 ) , livd ( 22 )
; return ' d ( 21 ) ... The omission of the apostrophe is accidental and meaningless
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ISBN: UOM:39015060430173

Category: Electronic journals

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Provides image and full-text online access to back issues. Consult the online table of contents for specific holdings.

Blake

Two examples of mark as it appears to an editor , the possibility that it is indeed
Blake's use of the apostrophe for ... Oxford : Clarendon P , is highly significant
when judging the “ accidental ” nature of 1978 . the mark , 11 My concern with the
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ISBN: UCR:31210022175549

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A Study of Shakespeare s Versification

The Quarto has the apostrophe , “ know'him . ” These are all the instances of
omission that I have noticed . From list B we have been able to deduce the rule ,
and in C we have seen it violated by accidental omission of the apostrophe .

Author: Matthew Albert Bayfield

Publisher:

ISBN: SRLF:AX0002441558

Category: English language

Page: 521

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National Society s Monthly Paper

... the apparent apostrophe after the d was a sign of the ellipse of an e , in which
case it would run , “ to each of them a million of francs , ” the article being
accidentally omitted ; or whether the supposed apostrophe was only an
accidental blot ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105005036608

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The Elements of Rhetoric and Composition

The apostrophe [ ? ] is used ( 1 ) to mark the possessive case , and ( 2 ) to denote
an omission ; as , “ Night's sable mantle fell . ” “ I've made a time o it . ” Plurals
and words contaiping many sibilants take the apostrophe without any 8 , to form ...

Author: David Jayne Hill

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ISBN: UCAL:$B307960

Category: English language

Page: 270

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Turbo Pascal

In the area of the error, look at every comma, semicolon, colon, period, quotation
mark, and apostrophe. (Especially look out for an accidental backward
apostrophe, which is adjacent on most keyboards to the real apostrophe.) 4.
Misspelling a ...

Author: Tom Rugg

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 0880222662

Category: Pascal (Computer program language)

Page: 376

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Tips show how to get the most out of Pascal software; tricks are new ways to use Turbo Pascal's unique features; and traps explain methods to avoid problem areas.

The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America

... apostrophe was written three uears before Swinburne's death . > { Nazarenus )
The emendations in the two editions ( 1912 and 1965 ) are of different natures . It
is probable that Pound made the substantive ( and perhaps also the accidental )
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Author: Bibliographical Society of America

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ISBN: UCAL:B5136834

Category: Bibliography

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Willson s Larger Speller

A quotation within a quotation is preceded by a single inverted comma , and
closed by a single apostrophe . The Apostrophe ( ' ) denotes ... The Caret ( ^ ) ,
used only in manuscript , denotes the accidental omission of a letter , word , or
words .

Author: Marcius Willson

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ISBN: MINN:31951002178332J

Category: Spellers

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The Elizabethan Review

For these reasons , the missing pronoun must be considered accidental . As to
the " misplaced apostrophe , " Williams and Evans locate it at D's 4.2.76 ( Globe V
.ii.76 ) , i.e. , f37r . However , the typescript of the Folger editors diverges from the
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ISBN: STANFORD:36105021189118

Category: English drama

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PC Magazine

The prob against accidental file deletion . ... The code for the character is 0146 ,
hard disk , consider asking the manufacturer so to enter the apostrophe in either
the Reto partition it before loading the software . A place or With text boxes , you ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015081529771

Category: IBM microcomputers

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Works Notes

530 , footnote ] Collier has word ' s eloquence ' , but as he explains it to mean '
the eloquence of words ' , I presume that the position of the apostrophe is
accidental . Grosart has no apostrophe . 531 - 2 . Dead Phaetons three sisters . . .
turnd ...

Author: Thomas Nash

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ISBN: UOM:39015010695453

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The Pursuit of Signs

interesting embarrassment which leads literary critics to turn aside from the
apostrophes they encounter in poetry : to ... but a single central case may
illustrate more effectively the systematic and non - accidental character of this
evasion .

Author: Jonathan D. Culler

Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015020712264

Category: Criticism

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The primary task of literary theory, Jonathan Culler asserts in the new edition of his classic in this field, is not to illuminate individual literary works but to explain the system of literary signification -- the rules and conventions that determine a reader's understanding of a text and that make literary communication possible. In this wide-ranging book, he investigates the possibilities of a semiotics of literature. A new preface places The Pursuit of Signs in the context of major developments in the study of literature since publication of the original Cornell edition in 1981. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

WordPerfect 6 Secrets

WPM Macro to attach to the apostrophe key to accent vowels after they are typed
. This macro will accent the vowel to the left ... The macro does force insert mode
on , to prevent the accidental overwriting of text . It will restore the typeover state ...

Author: Roger C. Parker

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated

ISBN: 1568840403

Category: Word processing.

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This comprehensive design guide is chock full of tips and information needed to create dazzling, professional-quality documents and focuses on how to relate WordPerfect 6 commands into basic design principles. Plus, two bonus disks included with the book are bursting with the best word processing tools, including templates, clip art, and fonts.

American Book Publishing Record

7565 The accidental empire . 956 . 94053 Accountability and control in next steps
... 07092 Alfie the apostrophe ( Donohue ) JUV The algebra of secondary
cohomology operations . 512 . 64 Algorithms and tools for parallel computing on
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ISBN: UOM:39015066180392

Category: American literature

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