Read the latest Jack Hi, and finished up hurling it across the room in disgust. So today I fired off an email to the editor, Aaron Delaporte:

Please excuse this minor rant, but after reading the latest Jack Hi I feel it's only fair to warn Aaron that one day soon I'm going to buy a stick of dynamite, break into the BowlsWA building and blow up the apostrophe key on his keyboard!

An apostrophe denotes either possession or a contraction. It is not necessary to throw it willy-nilly into any word that ends in an "s", particularly if the word is a simple plural.

Thank you for letting me get that off my chest.

Martin Swift
Aaron was pretty quick to get back to me:

Hi Martin,

Can you please cite me the examples in the recent issue.
So I gave them to him:

G'day Aaron

Well, it starts on the cover with "inductee's".
After that, page 4: President's, president's, management's, club's.
Page 5: player's.
Page 8: (guess whose column?) Inductee's, Club's.
Page 11: Committee's.

This is just what I found on a quick scan through on-line while I'm at work.

I don't want to make a big deal of it, and I certainly don't mean it as a criticism. You're doing a great job, and the mag is fantastic. It's just that, like I said, it's a pet peeve and grates on my nerves whenever I see it.

Keep up the good work.

He got back to me again:

Ok thanks I will try and get them under control for next issue

My work is done! :get outa here: :mrgreen: :cheers: