Simon Horobin, an English professor at Magdalen College, Oxford, asked the audience at the Telegraph Hay Festival: Do we really need the apostrophe?
He added that “sometimes we have to accept spellings change”.
He added, “Spelling is not a reliable indication of intelligence.”
This was always likely to make pedants everywhere livid.
Burn him! MT â€œ@sarahknapton: Prof Simon Horobin at Hay Festival asks â€œIs the apostrophe so crucial to the preservation of our society?â€
And sure enough, grammar Nazis were immediately out in force.
Its [sic] depressing to hear this from an Oxford professor via @Telegraph http://t.co/op6nhtVD03
This Oxford academic, Simon Horobin, clearly doesn’t like standards. Or efficiency. #foreverpedantic
1. You know what? They’re right. Grammar is important. Forgetting a simple apostrophe can lead to this.
I’ve heard that informing Facebook of your assassination plans may not go down too well.
15. And don’t just add quotation marks because you feel like it, you just sound sarcastic.
Don’t worry, the gates aren’t really locked. We’re only pretending.
The workers are actually plants. We just like to call them men.