In honour of National Punctuation Day, we present “The Apostrophe Song,” a song that aims to “put the apostrophe back in its place.” It’s a four-minute tuneful celebration of the greengrocer’s apostrophe—Drive-by editing set to music, if you will…
The song was created for Cool Rules, an Australian writing-skills training firm.
Words and music by Shaun McNicholas. Vocals by Gypsy Lehmann.
4 thoughts on ““The Apostrophe Song” (video)”
I, too, would like to know who is teaching people that apostrophes are for plurals. Almost every single person that I meet thinks that this is the case.
The song has a retro sound to it. :).
Fun song, though I had had enough at the 2-minute mark. For more comma fun that’s not at all eductional, see Vampire Weekend’s “Oxford Comma” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_i1xk07o4g
Thanks for the link, Jay. Although they appear firmly in the anti-Oxford-Comma camp, Vampire Weekend should be on the EAC payroll. Good press or bad press–at least it’s press! And while we’ve always known that many people have strong opinions about the merits of the Oxford Comma, this is the first time we’ve heard an indie rock band sing about it.
We love it: after all these years, the Oxford Comma is still able to provoke passion and disdain. Punctuation rocks!
By far the most common error I see on public signage. It does make for great drive-by editing, however.