Possessive Mothers

Mothering SundayA package arrived from South Africa on Saturday morning, a card and gift for mum from Darling Daughter. This timely delivery was a minor miracle given how unpredictable both the SA and UK postal services can be.

It was for today’s special day, of course, and if there is one thing that Darling Daughter can thank her mother for is knowing how to use an apostrophe. But it can be hard.

She said in the card that she had spent ages thinking of where to place it in Mother’s Day, which is how you’ll find it on commercial cards and pretty much everywhere else you might look. But is it correct?

When you think about it, the day is for mums everywhere and although the singular apostrophe is more personal, shouldn’t it be mothers plural? No wonder the church calls it Mothering Sunday.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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