Last Friday was National Punctuation Day. How could I have let it go past unnoticed?!
I am a fan of proper punctuation, and an avowed enemy of its poor use. I care about the difference between “Alice, Bob, and Mary”, and “Alice, Bob and Mary”. The difference between an en and an em dash.
One rule I have a hard time remembering, is when to use an apostrophe when indicating the possessive for words ending with “s”.
This is the rule:
When creating the possessive form of words ending in “s,” use only an apostrophe after the “s” if the word ends in a “z” sound. However, if the word ends in an “s” sound use an apostrophe and an additional “s” to create the possessive.
Less Desirable: He was a student in Professor Adams’s class.
More Desirable: He was a student in Professor Adams’ class.
However: He was a student in Professor Weiss’s class.
Lastly, I think it would be cool if English had that combo ‘question mark’ and ‘exclamation point’, like in Spanish , but then again, Shakespeare didn’t need one, so I probably don’t either.