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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Apostrophic Anger

Out of concern for the integrity of her surname, Margaret C. O'Connor has founded the Society for the Protection of Apostrophes.

I started the SPA because I was frustrated and angered when computers refused to let me enter my whole name. I received threatening messages - "You have input illegal characters" or "You may only enter letters in this field, not numbers or signs".

I do not consider an apostrophe a number or a sign. I am unable to record my leave application in my work system and cannot register for mandatory courses. I have had to use an alias, without an apostrophe, for such basic functions. [Link]
I expect that The Apostrophe Protection Society will spell her name correctly on their cease-and-desist letter.

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