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 Post subject: Apostrophe's
PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:22 am 
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I was forced into listening to five live after the football had finished and there was a discussion based on a news story that a man had added apostrophes to the street signs for the street in which he lives.

There was another story on this topic a while back when an American altered some sighns in a National park to make the grammatically correct. Over there they do things differently and he had to plea bargain to avoid a jail term. He also had to pay 3 000 dollars to pay for the repair to the "damage" he had done, ie to make it incorrect again. Are all Americans crackers?

I'm in the "Literacy is a basic measure of intelligence" camp, and hate to see garbled gibberish parading as communication.

An example of why apostrophes matter is given by

Residents refuse to be collected
Resident's refuse to be collected
Residents' refuse to be collected

One of the talking heads on the radio show reckoned that some people get nervous at the sight of an s and think an apostrophe must be needed somewhere.

Of course, with a million posts on here and my lack of linguistic ability there are bound to be a few errors of mine scattered about. :oops:



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