[OT] Nit: please don't user "it's" unless you can substitute "it is" without changing your inteded meaning.

Bengt Richter bokr at oz.net
Wed Jan 18 07:11:48 EST 2006

Typos happen to all of us, but in case you hadn't realized what "it's"
is a contraction for ("it is"), now you do, and you can save yourself further
embarrassment (assuming you care ;-).
If your friends won't tell you, who will ;-)

Write the contraction "it's" only when you want its meaning
to be "it is," otherwise it's wrong ;-)

OTOH, how does one punctuate the posessive of a word per se?
E.g., the first letter of "it" is "i", but can one write that
as "it"'s first letter is "i," or it's first letter is "i" ? ;-)
And how many "it"s (?) are there in the previous sentence?

I wonder if "Eats Leaves and Shoots" (a book on punctuation) has something on that.
(vs, "Eats, Leaves, and Shoots" -- panda vs gunslinger).

Bengt Richter

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