Thursday, September 2, 2010

Its vs. It's: Just ask Robert Milligan


Typos are all the more awful when etched in stone — or in copper, if you're poor Robert Milligan, who died in 1809. Eagle-eyed @lobothecat found this "apostrophe-catastrophe" on Milligan's memorial in London.

Where does Milligan's epitaph go wrong? It says "it's design" instead of "its design."

Quick rules:
  • Use it's as a contraction for "it is." 
  • Use its to show possession.

Correction:
  • "...its design, accomplishment and..."

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