Dear God, it’s nice to know I’m not alone. I’d like to add two more pedantic points to an otherwise complete and fantastically nit-picky article:
- Years are not possessive of anything so, when referencing a decade just put the plural s, not possessive apostrophe-s, e.g., the 1960s.
- Names that end with an s get an apostrophe-s if the possessor is singular, e.g., Jack Davis’s car. If the possessors are plural, you just add the apostrophe, e.g., The Davis’ home.
It sure isn’t easy to be so uselessly burdened with knowledge of the rapidly decaying art of English syntax.