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PUNCTUATION, construction. The act or method of placing points (q.v.) in a written or printed instrument.
     2. By the word point is here understood all the points in grammar, as the comma, the semicolon, the colon, and the like.
     3. All such instruments are to be construed without any regard to the punctuation; and in a case of doubt, they ought to be construed in such a manner that they may have some effect, rather than in one in which they would be nugatory. Vide Toull. liv. 3, t. 2, c. 5, n. 430; 4 T. R. 65; Barringt. on the Stat. 394, n. Vide article Points.

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Clearly, the apostrophe did the trick- and the Cee'd gets a facelift later in the year.
It would only be embarrassing if the apostrophe was missing.
Since many arms use a combination of numbers and letters as part of the model number, an apostrophe separates the model name from a sub variant.
Released by Apostrophe Books - the company that publishes Andy McNab's novels in the US - the ebook is available now at Amazon, iBookstore, Kobo, Nook and other leading retailers, as well as in paperback via Amazon.
Independent UK based publisher Apostrophe Books announced on Tuesday that a new book by Andrew Kain, who served as an SAS soldier for 11 year, reveals the security secrets of the SAS to help readers to stay safe in difficult situations.
Also getting it in the neck are a cafe chain named Apostrophe which managed to use a marketing slogan: 'Great taste on it's way'.
Meanwhile the Society for the Preservation of the Apostrophe has declared war on Cambridge city council for removing the apostrophes from new street names.
The reason behind the rule, the board says, is that the apostrophe implies private ownership of a public space.
Arrogant though it may be, I consider it is little acts of resistance such as these that may stave off the eventual demise of the apostrophe for a bit longer.
Quite what is confusing about an apostrophe was not obvious to residents, although the council has suggested that, when searching internet databases and co-ordinating responses to emergencies, "it's useful to have everyone spelling things in the same way.
Summary: The occasion of Mother's Day could rank among those issues that open the sluice gates of indignant letters to the broadsheets about the use and abuse of the humble apostrophe.
A good example came yesterday when one of the favourites at Hereford, Terfel's Toscar, wasn't picked up as the apostrophe was missing on Betfair's website.