You’re An April Fool If You Use The Apostrophe Incorrectly

You’re An April Fool If You Use The Apostrophe Incorrectly

Did you think Mind Your Language would let April Fools’ Day arrive without reminding you about how to punctuate it? More fool you.

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The correct version is April Fools’ Day, with the apostrophe after “Fools”. The day is “owned” collectively, not by an individual fool, so the rule here is different than for Valentine’s Day.

If apostrophes make your head spin, check out our detailed guide on how to use them. And remember: if you’re writing something designed to fool friends or colleagues tomorrow, don’t mess up the spelling and grammar. Accuracy matters.

Lifehacker’s Mind Your Language column offers bossy advice on improving your writing.


  • I think we should establish an International Captitalisation Day, because nobody wants to help their uncle jack off a horse.

  • You guy’s are alway’s great at telling u’s the right way to do thing’s, and we all truly appreciate it. Thank’s!

  • Funny, because the story here on the XP wallpaper guy had quite a large error: Bill Gate’s.

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