Maddow Apostrophe-gate

I was watching The Rachel Maddow Show tonight and the segment about Blago came on. I could not believe what I was seeing! The horror, the carnage of typography on my screen.

Here is what was shown:

Notice that they used a single quote when it should have been an apostrophe to indicate a contraction of Blagojevich, like so:

Apostrophes everywhere are pretty hopping mad and demand an apology from TRMS. In this era of high unemployment, the apostrophe union is demanding an explanation as to why a single quote was used when there was clearly a large pool of qualified, skilled apostrophes available for the job.

Maddow, we’re waiting. And we’re not going to accept a contracted apology.

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4 Responses to Maddow Apostrophe-gate

  1. Judy Cook says:

    Maybe, if the apostrophe had been properly used here, it would not have felt it necessary to show up where it doesn’t belong.

    You know this is going to give me nightmares, right? 🙂

  2. Rufus says:

    Oh, yeah. You and me both. I’m not sleeping a wink tonight. This sort of thing has to stop! If not me, then who? If not tonight, when? Who will stand up for all these mis-placed apostrophes? Hyphen? Em-dash? Certainly not single quotes; they have too much to gain. It’s wrong; it’s immoral and it needs to end!

  3. Rufus says:

    Clearly.. and no apology apparently is forthcoming… we may have to call a strike; Let’s see what they can do when they don’t have apostrophe to kick around any more!

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