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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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While as a nation Britain would mount the barricades for an apostrophe, Britons are admirably adaptable when it comes to linguistic invention.
So while it loses the apostrophe - it gains a capital C.
mission from one such apostrophe midway through the poem.
It's a long time since I was at school but I seem to remember that the apostrophe is added to text to signify that a letter has been purposely missed out in that particular position.
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.
Amir was Co-Owner and Chief Executive of Apostrophe from 2004 to 2014.
Joe Jones We need an apostrophe in my street - It''s either Bishop''s Walk or Bishops'' Walk.
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.
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.