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Apostrophe Argument Makes a Point About Importance of Punctuation

By Jason Menard

Oh, the poor apostrophe. Such a simple sign; so misunderstood. So why is this seemingly insignificant punctuation speck so capable of causing such consternation?

Recently, The New York Times posted an article which used the title “H.M.O.’s Would Treat Medicaid Patients.” See anything wrong with that? Some do, some don’t – and that’s part of the issue. Their style guide dictates an apostrophe for pluralizing initialisms. Personally, I would not use the apostrophe, but there’s no hard-and-fast rule for it.