This Valentine's Day, Remember To Love The Apostrophe

Friday is 14 February, Valentine's Day, when we celebrate romance with our special someone (or cry alone at home while sculling a bottle of cheap plonk). Don't ruin the celebrations by forgetting to include an apostrophe in Valentine's Day.

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The day is named for Saint Valentine, and while the general love-in doesn't have much to do with a third-century Roman martyr whose origins are obscure, the grammatical rule is clear. It's Valentine's Day, and thus requires a possessive apostrophe. (If you're not clear on how to use apostrophes, check out our detailed guide.)

Love hurts. Accuracy matters.

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Comments

    Back when I was a courting, I never had to write the word, because it was already written on the card...? Since we were married though, we decided it was too much of a hassle being goaded into buying cards and gifts, so we don't do that crap any more... :)

    Last edited 10/02/14 2:50 pm

    Only Angus would use Valentine's Day as a reminder of proper punctuation :)

    Not that that's a bad thing at all.

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