Valentine's Cards vs. Valentines CardsBy Julie
In a world where we are bombarded with information, both in print and digital form, it can be hard to pick out what is correct and what is not. We pride ourselves on being sticklers for grammar here at Tiny Prints. That's why we hope that we can assure you that no matter the subject that we will always provide you with the proper spelling and grammar. Perhaps one of the most common mistakes that we see each February surrounds the phrase "Valentine's cards." So in case you're wondering, we're here to let you know once and for all whether "Valentine cards," "Valentines Day cards" or any number of alternative spellings are actually accurate.
Although the phrases "Valentine cards," "Valentine card," "Valentines cards," "Valentines Day cards," and "Valentines Day card" all appear quite commonly in the print and internet world today, in fact none of these spellings are correct. You see, Valentine's Day is a possessive phrase that originated from Saint Valentine's Day, and therefore any phrase used to describe something related to Valentine's Day should reflect a similar possessive structure. As a result, instead of "Valentines Day cards" or "Valentine cards," the proper spelling is "Valentine's Day cards. We're only willing to let the rule slide in the case of children handing out "valentines" to their friends and classmates. So don't let the appearance of "Valentine cards" or "Valentines Day cards" fool you into making a grammatical faux-pas, let yourself write "Valentine's Day cards" and "Valentine's Day" with confidence in the fact that you are now an authority on such grammatical rules.
We hope that helps clear things up for you a bit. So when February rolls around we hope that it will be filled with plenty of exciting and romantic Valentine's Day cards (with nary a "Valentine card" or "Valentines Day card" in sight!).