Apostrophe (a-pos’-tro-phe): Turning one’s speech from one audience to another. Most often, apostrophe occurs when one addresses oneself to an abstraction, to an inanimate object, or to the absent.
Well Mom, although you’re gone, I know you’re up there watching me–I promised you I would finish college some day, and today, I did. Thanks Mom, and thanks to all the other people in my life–from my wonderful daughter and amazing wife to the professors I had who took the time, and cared enough about me, to help me change, and even possibly save, my life.
And now, after giving thanks, it’s time ask “What’s Next?” “What am I going to do with the rest of my life?” “What are we going to do with the rest of our lives?”
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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)