All right, folks: Here's another reminder that pronouns, at least pronouns that most people use, don't take apostrophes in their possessive forms. The exception, which Mr. Rewrite uses above to sound stuffy, is one's. Here's a fine explanation from Paul Brians' Common Errors in English Usage.
For there record, whose is the possessive of who. Who's is the contraction of who and is.
Here are whose/who's errors on Google News. Who's going to pay for these? All of us:
- whose the (some of these correctly go into titles and new sentences beginning with "The")
- who's responsibility
- whose going to
- who's role
It sure was a bad week for schools...
- A paint crew botched spellings ("Drap" off your kids?) all over an Oregon school (http://bit.ly/cO6Js3).
- A North Carolina road crew created an international sensation by painting SHCOOL on a road. (http://bit.ly/cL2ZrV).
- The University of Alabama committed unsportsmanlike conduct by misspelling Mississippi as Mississipi on football tickets (http://bit.ly/axDkYD).
- A Florida school board candidate was red-faced over a misspelling on campaign signs (http://bit.ly/czsfBP).
- And an Australian state hoping to lure international students takes grief for a website riddled with spelling and factual errors (http://bit.ly/crbetY).
Talk about lost in translation: A company's attempt to use the local language in a former Soviet republic backfires when a grammar error offers shoppers "boiled kids." The actual product: boiled sausage for kids (http://bit.ly/bg9tHY).
A couple of AP style discoveries this week:
- It's OK'd, not OKed. Mr. Rewrite swears it was the latter when he was in college.
- It's co-pilot, not copilot.