I’M GONNA START writing third-person pronouns in the genetive case with interstitial apostrophes…
JUST LIKE ALL YOU SEMI-LITERATE MONKEYS DO WITH THE THIRD PERSON NEUTER!
Do you write hi’s? Do you write her’s? WHYOHWHYONEARTH, then, do you write it’s for a third person neuter possessive pronoun?
I saw it in the Kindle User’s Guide, fercrissake! Sheesh! Get a frigging editor who didn’t fail second grade phonetics!
It’s (NOTE: contraction from “it is”.) considered declasse to correct people’s spelling online. “It’s a fast-paced medium,” they say, “with millions of people typing trillions of words daily. You can’t police them all. Save your blood pressure and bandwidth and let it slide.”
“When rape is inevitable, lie back and try to enjoy it. Think of England.”
And, although it does forsooth corrupt the dialectic, as it degrades the clarity of verbal communication, the error in usage represented is a small thing.
BUT! But: but…
Like a broken window in an abandoned building, poor usage in any form encourages worse crimes. And, as I say of egregiously bad drivers, the reason they get away with it is that people let them get away with it; blow your horn. So, too, here. If somebody doesn’t mention it at least once a day, the notion of correct spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and syntax in written communication being a sine qua non sinks beneath the waves of those trillions of words.
Cross-posted at Musings of and Indie Writer.