What she saidArianna mouths off about a big pet peeve of mine: the ubiquitous apostrophe. What really gets Arianna going is the use of apostrophes to render the plural of acronyms or abbreviations ("C.E.O.'s", for example). The sin that drives me crazy is "it's." I see this in briefs and even in judicial opinions all the time. Not only is it unprofessional for people who write for a living (lawyers and journalists) to make such an obvious error, but it's such an easy error to avoid. Here's the rule folks: Always use "its" (no apostrophe) in formal writing. "It's" is a contraction, meaning "it is" (It's a gorgeous day) or (less often) "it has" (It's been lovely chatting with you). Contractions are not proper in formal writing, unless they are a direct quotation of speech. Use your word processor's "find and replace" function to make a global change in all your documents. It's that simple.
Before I read Arianna's column, I thought I was alone in my frustration. Brava, Arianna.