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September 12, 2011

On George Clooney and apostrophes

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The premiere of George Clooney's new film, "The Ides of March," at the Toronto International Film Festival is getting a lot of attention.

Much of the attention has focused on whether Clooney and Baltimore-area ex-pro wrestler Stacey Kiebler are really a couple. A wee bit is focused on the merits of the adaptation of Beau Willimon's play "Farragut North."

I think Clooney's movie is worth noting for another reason: egregious punctuation. As National Punctuation Day nears -- Sept. 24 -- it's time to take stock of our use of commas, apostrophes and other squiggly things.

So when I read on the "Ides" website that the movie is about a campaign manager in a "political scandal that threatens to upend his candidates shot at the presidency," my blood starts to boil.

I see more and more misuse -- and disuse -- of the apostrophe these days. Another offender: our local snowball stand, which proclaims on a sign: Kid's Rule.

Posted by Dave Rosenthal at 2:10 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Books to Movies


I boycott that Snoasis because it confuses/ promotes bad grammar among innocent hungry kids ! :)

I'm sure George Clooney generates more hits than apostrophes.

Good punctuation is just as sexy as George Clooney.

Becky, that explains why so many Baltimore Sun copy editors date models and movie stars. I really get annoyed when Angelina Jolie and her pals hang around the newsroom at deadline, making the first edition so late.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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