Society to protect apostrophes’ shut’s down because of barbarians’

Grammar pedant John Richards who has quit the Apostrophe Protection Society saying 'the Barbarians have won'. See SWNS story SWCAapostrophe. Started by former journalist John Richards, The Apostrophe Protection Society is bowing out after 18 years of grammatical crusading. He said: ?The problem is that fewer and fewer people are using apostrophes these days let alone using them correctly. Many firms and organisations have given up using them at all. Secondly, at 96 I am reducing my commitments. ?Over the years we have heard from thousands of supporters all over the world, and I would like to thank them, but the barbarians have won?
John Richards’ has hung up his apostrophe after fighting a losing battle for 15 years (Picture: SWNS)

The battle to save the ‘much abused’ apostrophe has taken a bitter blow after a society dedicated to preserving it announced plans’ to close.

Chairman of the Apostrophe Protection Society John Richard’s declared that ignorance and laziness has won.

The former journalist set APS up in 2001 after he retired from a career as a journalist.

Now aged 96, Mr Richards is calling time on the society which lists the three simple rule’s for correct use of the punctuation mark.

Writing on the societys website, he said: ‘Fewer organisations and individuals are now caring about the correct use of the apostrophe in the English language.

John declared that ignorance and laziness has won in the battle against apostrophe’s (Picture: SWNS)

‘We, and our many supporters worldwide, have done our best but the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won!’


Mr Richards started the society after seeing the ‘same mistakes over and over again’ and hoped he would find half a dozen people who felt the same way.

He said: ‘I didn’t find half a dozen people.

‘Instead, within a month of my plaint appearing in a national newspaper, I received over 500 letters of support, not only from all corners of the United Kingdom, but also from America, Australia, France, Sweden, Hong Kong and Canada.’

The website will stay open for reference and interest.

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Julia’s scissors have chopped the apostrophe (Picture: SWNS)
Another hairdresser who chose to give the apostrophe the chop (Pictrue: SWNS)
Fortune favours the bold – and those who don’t use apostrophes (Picture: Getty)
The lack of respect for apostrophes on this sign make us weep (Picture: Toronto Star)
Road signs are notorious for lacking in apostrophes (Picture: SWNS)
Evidence of a fightback on Scholars’ Walk (Picture: SWNS)

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