This is a personal one on Ranty Friday today. So…
Or more appropriately misplaced apostrophes. That is the subject of my Ranty Friday this week. I am sick of them. Seeing apostrophes in the wrong place in documents produced by companies.
And it is hardly difficult. Why do people find it so hard to get it right?
I saw this picture in a garden centre last December and it made me scream. Not just one poster but all over the place. Printed presumably by somebody in charge of such matters.
Since when has ANYBODY seen ideas with an apostrophe? Never never never. It doesn’t even look right.
It is very simple. ‘s if it belongs to somebody, as in Tanya’s cakes. The cakes are plural so have no apostrophe. There is only one of me and the cakes belong to me so it denotes the possessive.
Or it shows that an i has been removed. As in “where’s Tanya?”
That is it. It is not rocket science.
PLURALS DO NOT HAVE AN APOSTROPHE. FULL STOP. THE END
I had this post in draft to write this week and then spotted this picture on my friend Nell’s Facebook page yesterday and I asked if I could grab it. She had spotted this in a shop earlier in the day.
IF YOU DON’T KNOW THAT GATEAUX IS ALREADY PLURAL USE “CAKE”
I might start carrying a marker pen so I can go around correcting these monstrosities.
There is a company near us that has sign written vans that mention “sofa’s”. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Then last week whilst travelling up the M6 Mr B spotted this:
There is no missing I. There is no possession. Shortening Leicestershire just makes it Leics.
For the love of God. Please companies, get it right.
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