Whos to say whats best?

I once edited some books by Guy Davenport, who said that he didnt want any of those hideous quotation mark thingees to appear anywhere in his books. As it turned out, that wasnt really a big problem for anyone.

Now some folks are proposing that we also ban apostrophes, claiming that its easy to read text without them. Considering that hardly a day goes by that one doesnt wince at wrongly used examples, the proposal has a certain appeal.


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  1. Interesting. But what will we then teach second graders, if by God, they are no longer required to learn the apostrophe?