ABC language researcher Tiger Webb encourages the relaxation of language standards:
For a certain kind of language critic, highlighting errors of punctuation is a sport unto itself.
It is rare for a week to go by without some kind of punc-mark complaint gracing my inbox.
“What has gone wrong with the ABC? Your reporters do not have even basic knowledge of the use of apostrophes,” reads one of the latest.
Like most who engage in such jeremiads, this complainant was certain that the inability to adhere to English punctuation conventions was not only newfound, but increasing each passing year.
“You are quite literally contributing to the rising rates of illiteracy within Australia,” they concluded.
A heady charge, and one tinged with presentism — people have been making it since at least the 1930s.
Given the ABC’s cavalier approach to factual reporting, it’s hardly surprising the national broadcaster favours the abolition of the apostrophe.