The peculiar phenomenon of recklessly apostrophized plurals is nothing new. Lynne Truss's prescriptive ancestors were ridiculing "grocer's" back in the 19th century. And though apparently simple, the guidelines for using the apostrophe have been eccentrically applied since the mark first popped up in the 1500s. As editor Tom McArthur notes in The Oxford Companion to the English Language (1992), "There was never a golden age in which the rules for the use of the possessive apostrophe in English were clear-cut and known, understood, and followed by most educated people."
With customary reserve and indecision, we've declined to take sides in the Great Apostrophe Debate. But we would like to hear whether you think the apostrophe is worth preserving. . . .
For the complete article, see Should the Apostrophe Be Abolished?