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  • As a few people noted, these examples are of the use of the symbol (') apostrophe and not of the more esoteric definition of a speaker digressing from his or her address into a second person address of an absent, possibly imaginary, person. To that end how about this example of apostrophe: "Perhaps when he planned his address for the 2012 Republican convention, Mr. Eastwood believed his use of apostrophe in addressing an invisible President Obama in an empty chair would both entertain and illustrate his understanding of the President's political positions. What it has done, instead, is ressurect this rhetorical device in a flurry of political satire."

    September 17, 2012

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