In English you can always tell when someone misuses an apostrophe. Thats because apostrophes are never required to remove ambiguity. Theyre pointless, lets get rid of them. I'm even willing to compromise: Why not allow apostrophe's in spoken English but remove them from written English.(Apologies - I dont quite have the nerve to take my own advice in this blog. Might look declassé you know.)
Here's a rare example of a sentence who's meaning changes depending on whether you write "it's" or "its": Never drink wine before its time.
Originally publishd (in part) on July 7, 2003.