I just finished posting a couch on Craigslist. So if anyone needs a beautiful three-piece sofa set in excellent condition …
I’m kidding. I’m kidding. I would not use my grammar blog to try to sell you something. (Did I mention it’s in excellent condition?)
I bring up my Craigslist experience merely as a way to share something grammatical. Actually, I am not sure it’s technically grammatical, but if not, it’s grammar-adjacent.
As I mentioned, I was posting the sofa set, and, since I like to be thorough, I decided to include the dimensions of the set. And as I was typing them up, I realized that I wasn’t sure if inches are represented by ‘ or “. So I Googled it, and I found that inches are represented by “. And then I thought to myself, “What if the zombie invasion happens and Wi-Fi is down and Google isn’t available and I need to know how to represent inches?”
At that moment, I realized I needed a way to remember what I had just learned. So here’s what I came up with. One of the most common ways to belittle men is to make fun of their penises, right? And isn’t two inches the go-to number? So if we remember that, then we can remember that inches are represented by two apostrophes.
Who has a way to remember that feet are represented by one apostrophe?