This elevator can be found in the bustling metropolis of Roggen, right along Interstate 76. At first, a passerby might not even notice the teeny, tiny apostrophe placed ever-so gently between the r and the s in farmers. But I assure you; it is there. And it is wrong. I happen to know that Roggen… Continue reading A Selfish Farmer
I know "CD GOODIE BOX" AND "$9.99!!" are the most important messages on this sign, but that's no reason to include errors in the small print. Again, I was at Tradesmart, and again, I found an error in its advertising strategies. This particular error happens frequently: using an apostrophe to form a plural. In this… Continue reading Apostrophes Not Fit for Plurals
I found this while on tour at the Coors factory. What is particularly interesting about this problem is that the sign contains something that isn't even a word. Mens does not exist in the English language. Men is the plural for man, so if one is trying to make men plural by adding an s,… Continue reading Apostrophe Slip-Up
I usually stick to writing that I observe in public, but a friend of mine supplied me with this beauty, and I couldn't pass up the teachable moment. First, I have one thing to say: "Watson, get me my red pen -- stat!" (We will tackle mixed metaphors another day.) Okay, now that I feel… Continue reading Facebook — Just, Yeah . . .
I found this gem on the bumper of a van as I was walking into a casino. This time, I don't have a problem; rather, I want to point out a correctly used punctuation mark! Many think apostrophes are used to show possession -- and those people would be correct -- but the little devils… Continue reading The Omissive Apostrophe
. . . and I shouldn't have! Okay, well, as an editor, I had every right to judge this book by its cover -- initially. When I first discovered the book in Tattered Cover, I stared at it, trying to make some sense of it. I grappled with possibilities, trying to imagine that this couldn't… Continue reading I Judged This Book by Its Cover . . .
This picture frame was perching in a Hallmark store, waiting for a naive victim to purchase it as a token of friendship. Little would that girlfriend know she would be paying $15.99 to perpetuate a terrible crime: accepting and supporting an incorrectly placed apostrophe. The problem: The picture frame says "Girl's Night." Now, unless I'm… Continue reading Apostrophe Catastrophe