That's it. I've had it. For a few month's I've been considering making a page devoted to the misuse of
apostrophe's. Its become unavoidable.
Some will say I should chill out about apostrophe's, but I've reached the end of my patience.
Writer's at professional publication's should know better than to carelessly misuse these common
punctuation mark's in the public eye. Their employer's should screen copy before it goes to the printer.
For a while I dealt with my anger. After all, you generally see them only on handwritten
sign's, and typo's do happen. There are probably some on this very site. But then I found one on a
clothing tag at Marks and Spencer, and that marked the end of my tolerance.
So here they are: if I see one and I'm in a position to take photo's of it, you'll see them here.
I know the Internet is off limits, because frankly there's no helping it, but I got this in a piece of commercial e-mail and it annoyed me. So here it is.
Speaking of Prague, I spotted this in the city's tourist-filled old town. Yes, I realize English is probably not the first language of the store owner, but wow. This hurts on so many level's.
This was in the Guardian on 1 June, 2007. This is the only incident of the dreaded its's I've come across, and I almost stopped breathing when I saw it. Its pretty
egregious. (Thanks to Nick O. for noticing it.)
It's good to be an omelette in Utica, NY, where omelettes have the same right's as people. At least, that's the only conclusion to draw from this menu, which suggests that omelettes can own propertyi,
though what this three-egg omelette owns is not revealed.
Yes, this is real. On a prominent London tourist attraction, the HMS Belfast. The Belfast is owned by the Imperial War Museum, who specialize in
war's, not apostrope's. That said ...
... it wasn't something a little white paint couldn't fix. Its barely noticeable now.
On Londons famous Fleet Street, formerly home to many newspaper's, a pub squashes the streets literary tradition's.
On most South West Train's you will find a special quiet carriage where the use of stereo's is not permitted; however apostrophe's are encouraged.
Andrea and I went to the Reading Beer Festival
at the end of April and discovered that
Cornish Pasty owned a shop there. Good ol' Paster.
This was spotted by my colleague Steve Thompson
while the team lunched at Cafe Uno on the roundabout along the Egham Bypass in
... er ... Egham. None of us had any idea that Start owned a day in May, but the 8th seems to have been claimed.
We can't even trust pub's in the learned city of Cambridge.
In season 2, episode 16 of ABC's Lost, we get the good old possessive You're in English subtitles of spoken Korean. This one really surprised me. However ...
... by the time the DVD came out, they fixed it.
Three on one sign outside a deli on Fortune Green Road, near West End Lane in Camden.
This is the one that set me off. For American's in our audience, a jumper in Britain is a sweater.