Comment by Lee Bennett

This is a huge pet peeve of mine as well. Just as bad when the curly versions are used backwards. It should be ’90s and not ‘90s.

And while I’m on this topic…it’s not exactly clear to me whether you’re saying an apostrophe should or should not come after a year. Every thing I’ve ever looked up says it should not. Same goes for CDs and DVDs. The only exception I’ve ever seen is for single-character pluralizations such as “dot your i’s and cross your t’s,” and this exception is only because they can sometimes be mistaken as a full word, such as “several letter A’s.”

While I can’t specifically recall a mention, I would imagine that this exception would also extend to multi-character words that are being made into a plural if adding an S to the end makes it a different word.

posted at 1922 on Sunday, 15 October 2006

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