Today is International Apostrophe Day, and I just couldn't end the day without giving homage to one of my favourite punctuation marks. I highly doubt there are any events held in its honour - all I've seen are articles on how to use apostrophes correctly, and disturbing photos of them being misused.
Here's a more succinctly put quote from a book excerpt:
Apostrophes are the difference between a supermarket that knows its shit and one that knows it's shit; between feeling you're nuts and feeling your nuts; between "Hell mend them" (an old-fashioned curse) and "He'll mend them" (a bloke's coming round to fix your tiles).
The misuse of the apostrophe, along with the misuse of the word 'literally', the increase of text speak and all other trends that are ruining the English language are often attributed to just 'how language evolves and times change'.
But our language is not evolving so much as devolving. So let's start with the humble apostrophe, because once we've got that right, the rest will fall into place. So, here is my plea: Use it, don't confuse it, and report abuse of it.