Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Apostrophes in Last Names

Unless your last name is something like D'Agostino, apostrophes have no place in the plural form of your name. The table of contents of this DVD, discovered by Winona, makes this mistake four times!

The Ramirez's looks the most catastrophic of all. I'll bet this DVD is unintentionally hilarious, though.

Thanks, Winona!


Anonymous said...

What's amazing is that this 20 minute DVD is priced at $289.00.

DC said...

Believe it or not, I was taught that adding apostrophes to pluralize last names is correct. Before the 18th Century it was standard to pluralize foreign words like banana's, folio's, waltz's, logo's, pasta's, etc. However, I understand that many modern style guides don't allow the use. My writing book allows apostrophes for any other plural besides objects such as Books.

Acronyms: CD's or C.D.'s

Letters: Dot your i's and cross your t's

Numbers/Decades 1960's or 60's, How many 7's are there, 1000's of items

Also pluralize words like no if's and's or but's. This also applies to the do's and don't's.

You may believe it's incorrect because of the style guides. I just want you to know that my writing book permits this.