Happy holiday's is one that is popping up. People, if your are going to use Happy holidays, there is NO apostrophe.
Now is also the time where a few of our holiday cards are signed "love, the Johnson's" as if they're possessive.
I especially can't stand it when it's a letter home from the school. I love the preschool teacher my kids had but some of the notes she sent home to parents said things like "the preschooler's will be sending Valentine's."
Fight apostrophe abuse! We need an awareness ribbon for this, preferably printed with little apostrophes.
With names, one that gets my back up is the assumption that if a name ends in S it must be plural, so couples or families are referred to as "the Simmons" or "the Adams." Which would be fine if the actual family name is Simmon or Adam ... but it isn't. Why is it so hard for some people to say/write "the Simmonses" or "the Adamses"?
In the town where I grew up, there was a notorious family with a name similar to Simmons. They were poor, dirty, smelly, and in another time and place might have been called "white trash" (a term I despise). Their name was a schoolyard insult, but kids didn't call each other "a Simmons" -- they called them "a Simmon." As a grammar nerd from an early age, I found that almost
as cringe-worthy as using someone's name as an insult.