[LMB] OT: smart apostrophes in Word
rachel at compromise.fsnet.co.uk
Fri Sep 28 09:37:24 BST 2007
From: "JenL" <jenl1625 at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold." <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk>
Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: smart apostrophes in Word
On 9/27/07, Raye Johnsen <raye_j at yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- Rachel Ganz <rachel at compromise.fsnet.co.uk> wrote:
> > Sorry, what are apostrophes in the US?
> An apostrophe is, specifically, this little thing
> here:', when used in words such as don't, can't,
> sha'n't, etc. (Yes, I know, it's pedantic, I don't
> care. The dropped ells deserve an apostrophe too!)
It also designates the possessive: teacher's pet, man's best friend, . . .
Sorry guys, I obviously didn't stick my tonge far enough into my cheek. Thanks for all the apostrophe information. As a technical editor/writer, I did know their grammatical function. I was intrigued that someone mentioned a US/UK divide about what they were. (Quick scan of handy printed matter gives me a closing quote - whether straight or curly is dependent on typeface.)
So what is the difference between the US/UK apostrophe? Are there more over here (apparently, since we have the greengrocers' apostrophe as well as all the other ones)? Or do they go in different positions over there?
Do tell? I have never spotted any apostrophe variation between English and USAian (and Canadian) printed matter, but that doesn't mean it isn't there.
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