The Apostrophe Protection Society — an organization dedicated to correcting misuse of the common punctuation mark — is shutting down, with its founder declaring that "ignorance and laziness" have won out over proper punctuation.
The group was started by journalist John Richards upon his professional retirement in 2001 in an effort to promote correct usage of the "much abused" apostrophe. Richards announced last Thursday that the society would be closing after 18 years. He admitted that people simply do not care about correct punctuation anymore.
As of December 3, the website for the society was shut down, with the webmaster writing that increased traffic due to the closure had made web maintenance too expensive.