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How has using apostrophes in plurals caught on so?

I'm curious. How has wrongly inserting an apostrophe to indicate a plural noun become so widespread? I was born in the 60s. Thirty years ago, in England at least, the only time you'd see it would ...
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Plurals of acronyms on BBC website [duplicate]

Sinn Féin has confirmed that one of their MLA's has removed a clamp from the front wheel of his car, using what appears to be bolt cutters, in Belfast. This is from the BBC website. I know the ...
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In English, are apostrophes supposed to be a ‹ ’ › or ‹ ‘ › or ‹ ‛› or ‹ ' › — or are those all the same so it doesn’t matter? [closed]

Let us pray for our husbands‘ long lives. The ‘ quote is really weird here. I usually use ' in those situations, was I wrong? How do you even type that?
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Klingon's are a fantasy? [closed]

In an unnamed corner of this world-wide-web-thing I had a discussion with someone who appeared to be using an apostrophed plural-s. Unfortunately I have this weird allergy which triggers me to respond ...
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Genitive of Fritz [duplicate]

How do I form a Genitive of Fritz, i. e. a word that indicates that something or someone belongs to him? Following options come to mind and neither sounds English: Fritz's friends Fritzes ...
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A plurality of nests of wasps

While I generally feel sure-footed on matters of literary greengrocery, I'm at a loss on this one. How would a pedant write a sign alerting others to the presence of nests of wasps to make other ...
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“one of the planets” vs. “one of the planet's” [closed]

The sentence is The Red Sea, where the desert meets the ocean, is truly one of the planets most exotic and fascinating natural seascape environments. and Microsoft Word cannot seem to agree with ...
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Confusable plurals with apostrophe s [duplicate]

I have a question related to already shortened words and their plural forms. As I have seen on this site and have found in the dictionary, words like mas and pas are the plural form of the shortened ...
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Exam day or exam's day? [closed]

What one's correct? I will see you on the exam day I will see you on the exam's day Today is the exam day Today is the exam's day And why?
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Which (if any) pedantically, grammatically, correct uses of the apostrophe will lead to a valid “NOUNs’s” construction?

The “<NOUN>s’s” construction comes up quite often in signs, at least in my neighbourhood. I haven’t seen a legal use of the arrangement, though — and I wonder, is it at all possible? If it ...
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Where should the apostrophe be placed in “Goats Milk”?

Milk from goats is available in supermarkets. On the shelves of our local store in England, I have found cartons boldly labelled all three of Goats Milk Goat's Milk Goats' Milk Most brands use ...
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What's the proper way to refer to the form of a word that's improperly punctuated?

Example sentence: The Adventure's of Huckleberry Finn My dilemma: I would like to convey to the writer of the example sentence that the word Adventure's, in its current _____ form, is ...
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Apostrophes and s’s [duplicate]

I always forget the rule about if something is possessive put 's at the end, for example "the sailor's hat". I know some people say to remember because it has a different meaning if it's plural (e.g. "...
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“Unions' Assassins' Guild” or “Union's Assassins' Guild”?

Is it “Unions' Assassins' Guild” or “Union's Assassins' Guild”? If my English serves me correctly, I think both are right but have slightly different meanings. Can someone shed some light?