Lynne Truss, the author of “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” almost led a pedants uprising when she defended the correct use of the apostrophe against the onslaught of popular culture and an army of greengrocers, gents hairdressers and a host of others who regularly trip up when attempting to place the little tadpole in its rightful place. (Note the absence of the apostrophe in the possessive “its” in that sentence). She may well have to sound the call to arms again this week after Birmingham City Councils decision to abolish the pesky punctuation mark from all of its road signs, causing some locals to fret over whether the heath in Kings Heath had been the sole preserve of one very fortunate king or whether in fact it was a privilege afforded to successive kings. Any English teacher will tell you what a nightmare it is to teach the proper use of the apostrophe and many a pupil who, on learning about the little blighter for the first time, will sprinkle it liberally throughout a piece of writing whenever an “s” hoves into view. So is it time, as the writer Martin Amis argued over twenty years ago, to abandon the creature, relax and move on? Have your say by taking part in the online poll.