I have a bone to pick. Or maybe it's just something that drives me crazy or gets on my nerves.
Today is the perfect day to share my irritation.
You see, it's National Punctuation Day. The observance even has its own web site.
So, my pet peeve is this: the misuse of the apostrophe in its/it's. Why is this so difficult for so many people? The ONLY time to use an apostrophe between the "t" and the "s" in that word is when it means "it is."
See the second sentence above? An apostrophe was used there because that could read "Or maybe it is just something ...."
Similarly, in "Creative Writing" courses, I was taught to be creative with beginning sentences, to be descriptive, etc. In journalism school, I was taught to grab attention in the first sentence and to answer certain basic questions immediately. In law school, I was taught to be boring with my writing.