December 11, 2013 - submitted by Grace, Australia
Q. Hello Oracle!
The Oracle replies:
Hello (again). You mean the apostrophe. It's true an apostrophe replaces the letter o but it doesn't have to be taken literally or rather, gramattically. We simply do not go around (see what I did there) necessarily saying things in full or with regard to the sense without that apostrophe. To illustrate what I mean, The Human League had a massive hit in the 80s with Don't You Want Me. Nobody would say "do not you want me?" but somehow it works with the "don't".