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May 06, 2002

There Are 10’s of Thousand’s
of Way’s to Apostrophisize

Why does the New York Times use 80’s and 90’s (for example) as shorthand for referring to decades/eras? They aren’t possessives, but rather contractions of 1980s, 1990s, etc. Most journalistic and typographic stylebooks suggest using ’80s and ’90s — makes sense to me. What’s the deal? I wrote the paper to ask but no response.

By joshua lurie-terrell | 09:54 AM

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