And we all have our pet peeves. After spending many years in the southwest, I found two expressions creeping into my vocabulary: “just” and “y’all.”
“Y’all” seems to be holding its own, but “just’ just isn’t doing it. I’m in a writers’ group. I know I use that word a lot, but it is one man’s pet peeve. Every time I read, we have the “just” discussion. I’m trying!
Some of mine are in/into, few/less, effect/affect, and good/well — to name a few.
Those who maintain to kill the apostrophe are growing in number. In fact, George Bernard Shaw actually weighed in on this debate.
More recent authors are omitting the apostrophe entirely, using it only under specific circumstances or experimenting with it in unusual ways. “Why even bother with these uncouth bacilli that so befuddle and frustrate us?”
The Apostrophe Protection Society was started in 2001 by John Richards, now its Chairman, with the specific aim of preserving the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark in all forms of text written in the English language.