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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage and Bryan Garner both dismiss the apostrophe.
Among other subjects dealt with by the self confessed grammar guru it asks: "Why do apostrophes keep turning up in the wrong place?" Gyles, a former Oxford Scholar and President of the Oxford Union, says: "I love a well-placed apostrophe.
Why just apostrophe, almost every punctuation mark is receiving the cold shoulder from a generation that finds no difference between a dash and a hyphen, or would care less if told that colon has another meaning apart from being a part of the anatomy.
While as a nation Britain would mount the barricades for an apostrophe, Britons are admirably adaptable when it comes to linguistic invention.
CEEED would have been an e too far, however, so, in their wisdom, the marketing people decided to drop the final e and replace it with an apostrophe.
mission from one such apostrophe midway through the poem.
"With yourself being an intellectual chap and knowing all about the English language and such, in order to write your column, I wondered if it would be possible for you, or readers, to sort out the problems I have with the good old English apostrophe.
I have a thing with apostrophes. In this column you've heard me say, loudly and often, that apostrophes make contractions (you've) and indicate possession (Karin's apostrophe obsession).
Even when a singular noun ends in s, an apostrophe and an "s" is not the way to go.
"As a journalist I am a stickler for the correct grammar and it's important that the apostrophe is in the right place.
Sorry to be a nattering nabob of negativism and nth-degree stickler, but I noticed the last issue was chock-full of a particular grammatical misdemeanor which, for whatever neurotic reason, always makes me cringe: The unnecessary apostrophe. There is never any reason to place an apostrophe before the letter "s" unless it's a possessive noun or a contraction.
In general, form the possessive of a singular noun by adding an apostrophe plus the letter s.