Do’s and Don’ts of Office Romance
This headline has been on cnn.com since this morning.
No matter what you think about using an apostrophe or not, whether you believe that Halle Berry is known for her fashion “dos” or fashion “do’s” (she ALWAYS gets it right!), you have to admit that the sentence is wrong because only one uses an apostrophe before the S.
I’ve been looking it up everywhere, trying to find a few sources, but I can’t find much information out there.
According to Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, you should include the apostrophes.
According to the AP Stylebook, you should not.
I have no idea which one is right.
I’m a bit wary to trust Lynne Truss because she’s British and many of the rules that she describes in the book are only used in British English (using punctuation outside quotation marks, for example).
Also, I’m a bit wary to trust the AP, because while I use that as my usual guide, I know that they follow some weird rules and it’s not the be-all and end-all.
Let’s consider this part one of a series.
Let’s consider whether or not to use the apostrophe.
Points of consideration:
–single letters get an apostrophe for the plural; double letters or acronyms do not
–if using multiple instances of words (he used too many “ums” in his speech), an apostrophe is not used
What do you think?