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The original plan (hence three rings) was to try and keep it non-partisan. The idea of it being called a circus was well established world-wide (per the world-wide news I watch). So - I just extrapolated.
Judging by the early returns (alas, pun intended) - I really should have know better.
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incorrect omission or inclusion of apostrophes (or spaces) does not constitute a spelling mistake. Nor is it a grammatical error. High time that so-called grammar pedants learned that a lot (quite possibly the majority) of what they complain about isn't grammar at all!
incorrect omission or inclusion of apostrophes (or spaces) does not constitute a spelling mistake. Nor is it a grammatical error.
Atcherley, it does/is. Spaces and apostrophes were deemed characters long before computers existed, and hold the same level of importance as alphanumeric characters.
If you make that kind of mistake when writing professionally, you need your @rse kicking, because it inhibits the understanding of the reader.
Nor is it a grammatical error. High time that so-called grammar pedants learned that a lot (quite possibly the majority) of what they complain about isn't grammar at all!
But the big mouths who cause problems are the ones who barely know what they're talking about.
I couldn't count the number of times I've laughed in the face of people I've forced to explain how 12 is not "less" than 20, in their world, or how "each" suddenly means "two" and "one" suddenly means "many", if placed before "other".
A little learning, and all that.
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Atcherley, it doesn't. It's an orthographic error, which is neither spelling nor grammar. No doubt at all that it's a serious failing but then I never said it wasn't. It just doesn't come under the heading that people (including you, it now appears) give it.
You're absolutely right. Orthography has nothing to do with linguistics. The apostrophe has nothing to do with linguistics either because it is purely an orthographical device completely incidental to language and totally unrelated to grammar, which serves the purpose only of disambiguation of writing in the absence of tonal and stressing clues provided in speech.
Nobody speaks apostrophes or any other punctuation come to that. A properly formed written sentence does not become magically ungrammatical because you leave the punctuation out. Indeed all the primary classical languages such as Latin and Greek were written for centuries with no punctuation at all and, in the case of Hebrew, without vowels to boot. Sanskrit survived without punctuation until the 17thC, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, until the 20thC. The introduction of punctuation to any of these did not represent any change or in these languages merely a shift in formal orthography. One could very well argue that the bulk of punctuation, even in English, remains entirely superfluous. The extreme abbreviation and lack of punctuation in modern textspeak, certainly does nothing to make the case for it. 'CU l8tr' is grammatically identical to 'See you later!' and every bit as comprehensible. It simply fails to meet the arbitrary demands of formal orthography.
Omission of an apostrophe is an orthographic error, wholly and solely. And no amount of self-important blustering from linguistics 'experts' can alter that!
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