A retired journalist who founded a campaign to preserve the correct use of the apostrophe in the English language. is giving up his battle because he says “ignorance has won”. We discuss what’s causing the decline in the use of this punctuation mark and teach you some vocabulary along the way.
This week’s question
The word ‘apostrophe’ itself – which language does it come from? Is it:
Listen to the programme to find out the answer.
Someone overly concerned with correcting small mistakes
to stay in a place longer
to walk around with no real purpose or desire to get somewhere quickly
𝐮𝐩 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐢𝐫
at risk, possibly not going to happen
a lack of knowledge about something
a primitive and uncivilized person
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