Apostrophe Catastrophe LLC
Charmaine Cooper Hussain
Editor/Associated Press Style Expert
Welcome! If you were looking to gawk at the incorrect use of apostrophe marks
(a pursuit that I wholeheartedly endorse), I'm afraid that's the other Apostrophe Catastrophe website –
add an S to "catastrophe" in the URL.
If, however, you don't understand why you shouldn't add an apostrophe before the S in "catastrophes,"
you've come to the right place.
Editing is all I've ever wanted to do.
Like doctors and firefighters, I have wanted to be an editor since I was a child.
In high school, my classmates edited my entries in the Grad Night memory book as a prank; that's how far back my rep goes. After graduating from Tulane University with a degree in English (only because there was no journalism track), I was surprised that Glamour magazine did not call with an offer to become their beauty editor.
Indeed, the most glamorous thing I've edited was a magazine about gambling, although I did also edit Catherine Zeta-Jones' biography, and she is exceptionally glamorous. The most boring would have to be the magazine about liquid and gas chromatography (no offense to chromatographers, you are lovely people).
I was the editor at WHERE Dallas and WHERE Fort Worth magazines, where I reviewed restaurants and enjoyed getting free stuff. Years of editing for semiconductor and oil and gas companies have made me immune to nodding off while reading technical content.
I specialize in the application of Associated Press style in technical and corporate communications for clients such as Texas Instruments and ExxonMobil.