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Happy Father’s Day!

My daughter just showed me the cute card she made for her dad to give to him tomorrow. She draws well, and the smiling penguin she created on the front of the card made me smile too.

But being a word person, I had to correct her message on the inside of the card. It's Father's Day–not Fathers Day. When her dad overheard us whispering about the apostrophe, he slyly chimed in, "Yes, it's a possessive."

He's right. The apostrophe in Father's Day indicates a singular possessive, the day belonging to each father. In many countries around the world, it is the third Sunday in June, but fathers in Australia and New Zealand have to wait until September.  

Whether you are a father, mother, son, or daughter, I wish you a happy third Sunday in June.

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By Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston has helped thousands of employees and managers improve their business writing skills and confidence through her company, Syntax Training. In her corporate training career of more than 20 years, she has worked with executives, engineers, scientists, sales staff, and many other professionals, helping them get their messages across with clarity and tact.

A gifted teacher, Lynn has led writing classes at more than 100 companies and organizations such as MasterCard, Microsoft, Boeing, Nintendo, REI, AARP, Ledcor, and Kaiser Permanente. Near her home in Seattle, Washington, she has taught managerial communications in the MBA programs of the University of Washington and UW Bothell. She has created a communications course, Business Writing That Builds Relationships, and provides the curriculum at no cost to college instructors.

A recognized expert in business writing etiquette, Lynn has been quoted in "The Wall Street Journal," "The Atlantic," "Vanity Fair," and other media.

Lynn sharpened her business writing skills at the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a master's degree in communication, and at Bradley University, with a bachelor's degree in English.