Apostrophes, shmostrophies ...
If you get annoyed at the incorrect apostrophe usage, you probably will find http://www.elaccess.com/academics/postrophesrule.html
a fun read.
That said, I have my own pet peeve about the rule of standard punctuation that says that the plural of an acronym like AC (i.e., air conditioner) should be "ACs", and not "AC's". This may very well be the issue that annoys you (albeit from the other side of the fence - grin). To me, this construction simply looks visually odd and is somewhat confusing. For example, I worry that "ACs" could be an acronym itself. The apostrophe makes it clear that it is not.
I got into a discussion of this topic with a friend and we did a web search. While the rules are clear, we found quite a few people claiming that the plasticity of English grammar through usage is making constructions like "AC's" more acceptable in mainstream usage.
My Pet Peeve #2 - (Suggested by Peeve #1) - The "rule" that says that that periods and commas should appear before the closing quotation mark. For example, don't do what I do in this sentence, or what I did in the sentence above that begins with, "That said...". Then again, go ahead and do it, and see how the period looks right next to the ellipsis.
This may be an American oddity ( http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~xtag/relea...l/node207.html
- last sentence in the first big paragraph). It makes no sense whatsoever to me. It's like having the order of brackets and parentheses at the end of a mathematical expression be arbitrarily reversed from that at the beginning of the expression. Put differently, the period ends the sentence, not the quoted material.
Being the iconoclast and occasional windmill-tiller that I am, I often intentionally violate the above rules in my writing (at least in situations where doing so doesn't count - grin).
Anxiously awaiting snow,
In rapt grammatical attention,
Tom / PM[ September 12, 2003, 11:56 AM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]