Asked • 08/09/19

What’s the usage of apostrophes in " ‘Bye, ‘bye "?

I’d like to know what effect an apostrophe has which is before a word and doesn’t work as an omitter. (Not like *C’mon* or *‘Course*, but like *‘bye, ‘bye*.)I have three questions as follows, but any comments about this type of apostrophe are very welcome. My primary goal is to get its usage for future reading. **1. What effect does the apostrophized bye have in the following scene?**>”Will you come and visit me in my bathroom again sometime?” Moaning Myrtle asked mournfully as Harry picked up the Invisibility Cloak.>”Er … I’ll try,” Harry said, though privately thinking the only way he’d be visiting Myrtle’s bathroom again was if every other toilet in the castle got blocked. “See you, Myrtle … thanks for your help.”>” **‘Bye, ‘bye,** “ she said gloomily, and as Harry put on the Invisibility Cloak he saw her zoom back up the tap. (*Harry Potter 4* [US Version]: p.466)[Bold font is mine]**N.B.:** Moaning Myrtle, a ghost, loves Harry, but one-sided. She wants him to come to the bathroom where she lives whenever he can. She sees Harry for the first time in a long time.**2. How would you pronounce it?****3. Are there any other examples for this type of apostrophe?**

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Nathaniel H. answered • 08/10/19

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