Apostrophes for mothers’ day

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for possessive apostrophes – much abused and misunderstood as they are And it’s this time of the year that I’m most aware of the little mark … because the day for mothers is upon us Every year I’m bothered by the various ways that marketers write about the day As you choose your card, do you wish your mother: Happy Mothers Day, Happy Mother’s Day, or Happy Mothers’ Day In my household, I insist on Happy Mothers’ Day, even though the...

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Ageing driver training facility

A note on why we need punctuation and why stacked adjectives create difficulties: I was listening to the radio news today, and heard a story about an ageing driver training facility in Mt Cotton Radio can't handle this concept neatly Is it an ageing-driver training facility or an ageing, driver-training facility The latter is correct (though the former was my first guess) A radio journalist might be better to unstack the adjectives or choose different words: 'an ageing facility for driver...

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