I have noticed that many people don't seem to know how to spell singular words that end in -y in their plural form. The trend is to avoid -ies: "puppy's" instead of "puppies." I have been trying to figure out where the logic in this is, why the apostrophe is so commonly used for the plural and if and how these offenders' education systems may have failed them.
There are also instances where some people mistakenly use -ie's for the plural if the singular ends in -ie: "cookie's." I thinks this may represent a perception that it is incorrect to put an -s after a vowel.
Where do people learn that such offenses are right? Where do they read these? I'm wondering if these abuses of the apostrophe are a recent phenomenon, perhaps resulting from unprofessionally published situations like social networking. Perhaps constant perpetuation of incorrectness has prevented the feeling that this doesn't look quite right, or maybe some people don't fully understand punctuation because they don't read professionally published materials. Maybe some simply don't digest correct usage when they read.
Some argue that social networking and gadgets that have increased communication have boosted literacy by getting people reading and writing. Some also argue that grammar, punctuation and spelling don't matter as long as the meaning is understood by both sides communicating. What do you think and how do blog writing and blog reading play into all of this?