A of the use of the apostrophe has quit his decades-long for the use of the punctuation mark. John Richards, 96, was of the Apostrophe Protection Society, which was established in 2001 to campaign to encourage writing and understanding of the of the apostrophe. Mr Richards wrote on the society's website: "Fewer organisations and are now caring about the correct use of the apostrophe in the English language. We, and our many worldwide, have done our best but the ignorance and laziness present in modern have won." He added: "Over the years we have heard from thousands of supporters all over the world...but the have won."
Mr Richards started the after seeing the "same mistakes over and over again". He wanted to highlight people's and get people to end the misuse of the apostrophe. He said he hoped half a people would join him in his quest, but was heartened by the support he received . He received 500 from all over the world within a of starting the website. Mr Richards' biggest was not people misusing the apostrophe, but people not using it at all. He called out big for this. In the UK, companies like Lloyds Bank and the bookstore Waterstones dispensed with the apostrophe in their . Maybe Mr Richards was happy with the burger McDonald's.