Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Quarterly Punctuation Rant on It's vs. Its

Some recent examples of the misuse of it's for its:

The dollar has lost 22% of it's value since late 2008.

GM has recognized it's mistake…..

Why wouldn't China's manipulation of it's currency….

Good proof of the adage “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover."

Social Security law has a mechanism which is supposed to prevent it's insolvency.

Other demonstrators claim DTE is not paying it's fair share of taxes and it's time that changed.

No industrialized country leaves it's elders fortunes to the free market.

MP: Sorry, it actually hasn't even been quite a quarter since my last rant in February, so I apologize for my obsession with this simple, but grossly overlooked grammar/punctuation rule.

12 Comments:

At 5/09/2012 8:09 AM, Blogger Alan said...

It is like my daughter (a copy editor*) says, "It is the difference between knowing your sh!* and knowing you're sh!*."

* she is a recent college grad and looking for contract work as a copy editor/writer.

 
At 5/09/2012 8:13 AM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

Let's eat, Grand-ma! vs. Let's eat Grand-ma!

Commas: they save lives.

 
At 5/09/2012 8:28 AM, Blogger Larry G said...

It's simply pedantic!

 
At 5/09/2012 9:21 AM, Blogger morganovich said...

yay! all those quotes had capital letters in them. for once, i am innocent.

 
At 5/09/2012 9:37 AM, Blogger Benjamin said...

It is what it is, and what it is is not it's.

 
At 5/09/2012 9:55 AM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

yay! all those quotes had capital letters in them. for once, i am innocent.

There is no such thing as innocence, only degrees of guilt. :-P

 
At 5/09/2012 11:25 AM, Blogger Bret said...

r u kiddin? u care abt dat wen folks hav gone 2 txt shorthand? :-)

 
At 5/09/2012 11:53 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

It's just not fair!!!

Oh. Wait. That's a correct use.

**NEVER MIND** ...

 
At 5/09/2012 11:54 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

f'kin ay, bret!

 
At 5/09/2012 2:41 PM, Blogger arthurfelter said...

Is it just me, or all of the mistakes where they put the apostrophe in? I don't see any examples where someone left it out when it should have been in...

 
At 5/10/2012 9:49 AM, Blogger Ron said...

My daughter (magna cum laude graduate in English) complains that her IPhone "helps" her by changing its to it's automatically (unless she notices and taps on the change to cancel it).

 
At 5/10/2012 9:49 AM, Blogger Ron said...

My daughter (magna cum laude graduate in English) complains that her IPhone "helps" her by changing its to it's automatically (unless she notices and taps on the change to cancel it).

 

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