You Gonna DropThe Apostrophe? Yeah-but-no-but.
As she points out in this article: "Today's weeds - non-grammatical expressions and pronunciations - are often rewarding garden species if left to grow. The words Samuel Johnson described as low usage and cant, such as novel, bamboozle and capture, are now totally conventional. E-mail chat over the internet is a kind of speech written down, it has loosened the straitjacket effect to language that writing had. For example, the word 'gonna', as opposed to 'going to', is a marker of future time to replace 'will'."
The reaction -- from some quarters, at least -- has been extreme: "When I suggested on radio that the possessive apostrophe should be dropped from the language because people get it wrong so often, you would have thought that a public flogging would not have been a severe enough punishment. I received hate mail, and letters from the apostrophe support group, though not all of them used the apostrophe correctly."
Hmm. Must be the same bunch who've been leaving offensive comments all over Indian bloggers' sites these days.