Posted by: episystechpubs | October 23, 2012

Editor’s Corner: Why is there an apostrophe in “Hallowe’en”?

Today we have a timely Q&A article from Grammar Girl. (www.quickanddirtytips.com)

Question: "What’s your take on the apostrophe in ‘Hallowe’en’? To use or not to use?"

Answer: One early spelling of "Halloween" was "all hallows’ even," in which "even" meant "evening." The "all" and "s" got dropped, "hallows’ " and "even" became a closed compound, and the apostrophe took the place of the "v," giving us "Hallowe’en"—just one of many transitional spellings along the way to "Halloween."


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