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"We have done our best but the ignorance and laziness present in modern times has won," the 96-year-old wrote.
But Petelin, like Richards, is a staunch defender of the apostrophe as "the 27th letter of the alphabet", necessary for clear communication.
I'm a huge fan of the apostrophe and feel there is still a place for it but if you're not sure, do check out this for and against argument regarding spelling and grammar.