Keep the Apostrophe to Yourself!

How to Properly Pluralize Your Name this Holiday Season

Let’s have a quick chat about how to properly pluralize your name this holiday season.

Ah…the good old apostrophe. While people are concerned about being politically correct this holiday season, let’s be focused on being grammatically correct.

Nothing turns me into the Grinch more than when I receive a “holiday” card with an adorable family photo that reads “Happy Holidays Love The Duffy’s!” That apostrophe makes me wonder: are they sending me love from the Duffy’s dog, their house or what?

An apostrophe is used to show possession or is used in a contraction. It is not used to pluralize a family name.

If your last name ends in a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h*, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, t, u, v, w, y, or z, just add an “s”. Yep, it’s really that simple.

Happy Holidays from the Duffys
Merry Everything love the Smiths
Warm Holiday Wishes from the Chitesters

*Last names that end in -ch, -sh, x, s or s-like sounds, however, will require an -es for the plural.

Season Greetings from the Jenningses
Merry Christmas from the Faxes
Peace and Joy the Marshes

Let’s make it even easier, simply put “Happiest of Holidays to You and Your Family love The [Insert Your Last Name Here] Family” and all will be right this holiday season.

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