Celebrate Mom with Proper Punctuation!

Celebrate Mom with Proper Punctuation!
Updated on 8 May 2015

Happy Mother’s Day! How are you celebrating? Breakfast in bed? A handmade card? For many people, an even bigger question than what to do for Mother’s Day is where to place the apostrophe in Mother’s Day.

Some people write “Mothers’ Day,” based on the logic that it is the day to celebrate all mothers. Others simply write “Mothers Day,” leaving out the apostrophe altogether, possibly because they’re unsure of where to place it.

The correct placement of the apostrophe is this: Mother’s Day.

Anna Jarvis, who first celebrated Mother’s Day in 1908, specifically wanted Mother’s to be a singular possessive. According to Jarvis’s logic, each family ought to celebrate its own mother, instead of having the whole world celebrate mothers collectively.

Even if your Mother’s Day card has a misplaced apostrophe, chances are that Mom will understand. Take some time today to thank and celebrate the mothers in your life. Happy Mother’s Day, Moms!

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