I was going to do a post about a pet peeve (the improper use of punctuation within and without quotation marks), but I’m sick for the first time in 16 months. Thus, I’m going to be lazy and steal a tip from my EC editor.
The apostrophe (or single quote, if you prefer) used to denote missing letters should “face” those missing letters:
- ’til (single closing quote before T, so the quote is “curled” towards the missing letters)
- y’all (single closing quote after Y)
- the ’80s (single closing quote before the 8 )
- ’cause (single closing quote before the C)