I know a lot of you live outside of the state or even out of the country, so I thought I would tell you now so you have ample time to request time off work, get pet sitters, buy a new outfit, and order your gluten-free meal for your flight. I am having my first book signing at my local bookstore, Apostrophe Books, on October 14 from 11:30-1:30.
Isn’t it serendipitous that my first book signing is at a bookstore named after a punctuation mark? And not just any punctuation mark: one of the most troubling punctuation marks. As evidence, I present to you an apostrophe mistake I found in my hood:
This is one of the most common mistakes people make with the apostrophe: they use it when a word ends in S simply to show there is more than one (AKA plural), which does not require an apostrophe:
Reggae Sundays are aire, mon.
· We added an S to the end of Sunday because we are talking about more than one Sunday.
· Nothing actually belongs to the Sunday = no apostrophe
Apostrophes are only required when a word ends in S to show possession. If a singular word is possessive, it gets both an S and an apostrophe:
This Reggae Sunday’s vibe was aire, mon.
· We are only referring to one particular Reggae Sunday = singular
· The vibe belongs to Reggae Sunday = possessive = apostrophe
However, what if we want to refer to the vibe of more than one Reggae Sunday? Well, we simply add the apostrophe after the S.
The last four Reggae Sundays’ vibes have been aire, mon.
· We are referring to four Reggae Sundays = plural
· The vibe belongs to all of those Reggae Sundays = possessive = apostrophe
It just occurred to me that my book signing is on a Sunday, so this Reggae Sunday is my direct competition. In order to compete, I will be performing “No Colon No Cry” and “I Shot the Sheriff, but I Didn’t Use the Apostrophe."
(If anyone is local, here is the address for Apostrophe Books. It would be so great to actually meet some of you: 4712 E. 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA 90803.)
(That didn't come out right. It would be great to meet ALL of you, but some of you may have a hair appointment that day.)