Actresses and apostrophes
Well, the review appeared in the Independent on Sunday today and actress had not been amended to actor, so the feminine form is obviously still accepted by the subs there. However, those same subs also failed to correct my misplaced apostrophe when I wrote author’s instead of authors’ (possessive form referring to two co-authors), so their judgement is clearly not infallible. Actually it’s particularly annoying about that apostrophe, because I’ve pontificated on this subject for years, officiously corrected public signs with a magic marker when the apostrophe is in the wrong place and even written an article about it for The Guardian. Now I’ve gone public with an apostrophe error of my own – just a slip, but the subs could have preserved me from it, and didn’t. From now on I will always make sure my apostrophes are correct and I think I’ll start using actor generically.