Happy Father’s Day to my dad – and happy Fathers’ Day to everyone else’s.
Father’s Day or Fathers’ Day? Does it even matter, and does anyone care?
As Fathers’ Day exists to big up all the fathers, not just mine, I always write it with a plural apostrophe. After all, April Fools’ Day isn’t just for one fool…it’s potentially celebrating many, many fools.
Yet every greetings card, novelty tie-rack and sock multipack the world over refers to Father’s Day – in the singular – as though it’s a day for celebrating just one father.
One argument is that this is because it’s a day for people to specifically show gratitude for their own fathers, not everyone else’s.
But America could, in fact, be to blame. Back in the early 1900s, US Congress declared two new official holidays – Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. And it seems these simply stuck.
I’m a stickler for accuracy, but when it comes to Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day it really doesn’t matter – as long as we’re showing our folks how much we love them.
You say Father’s Day, I say Fathers’ Day, let’s call the whole thing off. Maybe we should just cut our losses and change it to Day of Dads. Who’s with me?