Thursday, May 22, 2008
The apostrophe has three uses:
1) to form possessives of nouns
2) to show the omission of letters
3) to indicate certain plurals of lowercase letters.
Apostrophes are NOT used for possessive pronouns or for noun plurals, including acronyms.
Is punctuation really that hard? Really? My name is simple, French, poetic...and yes, somehow my parents decided to set me apart from the crowd and put that apostrophe in my name, and then pair it with Benincosa and then tie those two together with a tribute to my granny-Virginia.....
When someone comes from the town of Arcy (located in France) you would say they were Christian d'Arcy....a la Cyrano de Bergerac. That somehow got twisted into my name from some weird geography book my dad must have been reading at the time. D'Arcy. Living in France no one had a problem with it, in fact the woods next to my house were dubbed "Bois d'Arcy".
Thus you have the only person in the world (at least according to google) with my exact name, and that's sayin something. However if anyone else knows a D'Arcy Virginia Benincosa please let me know, I'd like to send them a birthday cake.
Most of my life has been me saying..."No, it's D apostrophe, capital A,
Then one day in September I just gave up. Seriously, I don't care anymore!!! Spell it how you will!! Darcy, Darci, Darcie, Darsey (that's what my order for Emily's birthday party was put under)!
It happened the birthday I got the cake with the semi-colon on it. That's right, bakers and punctuation don't mix. I have never had a birthday cake with proper name spelling and now I either request pie or a cake that says "Here's lookin' at chew Kid."
I have had the following on birthday cakes (after mother orders it on the phone with strict instructions regarding punctuation):
I guess I have to give people credit for trying....yet I almost gasp audibly when I tell someone how to spell my name and they ask me what an apostrophe is!!!!! This happens on college campuses and doctors offices all the time! So, yesterday a guy from Weber State who wanted to give me some money came down and had me fill out all the information. I put my correct spelling on everything. I got the check in the mail today--you guessed it, yet another D-arcy. I hope they will let me cash it.
And there you have it. Now you know why I teach English. I tell the kids all the time: it's so that when they are bakers at Bowman's market, they can get the cakes right!
I ask you, did the bass player of the Smashing Pumpkins have this much trouble?