A few tips on the English language.

Robin Williams's Apostrophes

Place apostrophes where a character is missing. EG:

Gone fishin'
House o' Glass (not House "o" Glass)
Rock 'n' Roll

Quotation marks are called "sixes and nines" because the opening mark is like a "6" and the closing mark in like a "9". An apostrophe merely looks like an opening single quote. Note that Rock 'n' Roll has apostrophe marks, not single quotes.

It's is the truncation of it is or it has. On the other hand, its is a possessive pronoun similar to his, hers, theirs, and ours.

Consider these variations:

George Orwell's Six Rules

In Politics and the English Language (1947), George Orwell (1903-1950) listed these rules "that one can rely on when instinct fails".

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word when a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive when you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

Dayananda's Rules

These are rules set forth by J. Y. Dayananda in 1986 for the USA Plain English campaign.



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