Full stop for apostro­phe so­ci­ety

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LON­DON: Bri­tain’s Apostro­phe Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety is clos­ing down, its founder has an­nounced, say­ing it had sadly lost the fight against “ig­no­rance and lazi­ness”. For­mer jour­nal­ist John Richards, 96, started up the so­ci­ety in 2001, aim­ing to pre­serve the cor­rect use of what he said was the “much abused punc­tu­a­tion mark”. But Richards said that with re­gret, he was now clos­ing down op­er­a­tions for two rea­sons. “One is that at 96 I am cut­ting back on my com­mit­ments and the sec­ond is that fewer or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als are now car­ing about the cor­rect use of the apostro­phe in the English lan­guage,” he wrote on the so­ci­ety’s web­site www.apostro­phe.org.uk, which will re­main open for ref­er­ence. It gives a sim­ple guide to read­ers, with ex­am­ples of how apos­tro­phes are used to de­note miss­ing let­ters and pos­ses­sion but never plu­rals.

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