Argh. My daughter's preschool is the latest perpetrator of the crime I think is the most serious threat to America today: using apostrophes to pluralize nouns. It killed me to do it for cutesies in the title of this post. Ainsley's school currently has a sign up on the door that reads, "We still have some parent's who have not paid their tuition this week. " This is not their first transgression. But these are the people kicking off my daughter's formal education, darn it.
I have been seeing this same error EVERYWHERE--on marquees, on news tickers, and even in print publications on a few rare occasions. People, if you're reading this, please remember that apostrophes show possession. They are not used before the s in plurals. Not even if the word ends in a vowel (which is where the random apostrophe infestation seems to be at its worst.)
Is this still being taught in elementary school? Did the rule change and I just don't know about it? Will using apostrophes to show possession become accepted just because it's so widespread and no one cares except for me and the author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves?