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About us

The Apostrophe Protection Society was started in 2001 by John Richards with the specific aim of “preserving the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark” in all forms of text written in the English Language.


In November 2019, John decided to close the APS, citing his personal need (at age 96) to cut back on commitments and also his view that fewer organisations and individuals were caring about the correct use of the apostrophe in the English Language. He felt that the APS had done its best but the ignorance and laziness present in modern times had won! His announcement in November 2019 brought an enormous amount of interest both from the media and other folk worldwide, most of whom were shocked by his decision.

In late 2021, a new champion for the apostrophe emerged in Bob McCalden. As a passionate advocate for the apostrophe over several decades, he was convinced there was still a role for the Apostrophe Protection Society to play in educating people on this sometimes misunderstood item of punctuation. The APS has therefore been re-born, revitalised, and will strive to continue the mission.

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Bob McCalden

Chairman APS

Apostrophe Apostasy

"Apostrophe Apostasy" sung by BobbyJoe
reproduced by kind permission of Bob Beckley, Nashville, TN.

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