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Centuries of fighting over the apostrophe

In Neal Stephenson’s novel “Reamde,” two famous fantasy authors get into a bitter battle over apostrophes. One is a novelist in the mold of J.R.R. Tolkien, who scrupulously constructs languages for the cultures he invents; the other fills his fictional worlds with names that look “cool”: “K’Shetriae,”

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