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MitchT

8,192 posts

95 months

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Codefaster said:
I was in WH Smiths at the weekend and noted a magazine called HOBBY'S in the general/hobby section.

I haven't looked into this (there is probably an explanation I guess..) but it just looked so wrong!
The company is WH Smith. Why do people always put an 's' on the end of a company's name? The other day one of my female collages said she bought something from Etams. No, you bought something from Etam.

Darkslider

2,345 posts

75 months

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MitchT said:
Codefaster said:
I was in WH Smiths at the weekend and noted a magazine called HOBBY'S in the general/hobby section.

I haven't looked into this (there is probably an explanation I guess..) but it just looked so wrong!
The company is WH Smith. Why do people always put an 's' on the end of a company's name? The other day one of my female collages said she bought something from Etams. No, you bought something from Etam.
Smiths, Etams, Tescos, Safeways. Just something people do I guess.

GKP

8,998 posts

127 months

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Darkslider said:
Smiths, Etams, Tescos, Safeways. Just something people do I guess.
Poor people, you mean? Others use Waitrose.

mybrainhurts

77,869 posts

141 months

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dibbly_dobbler said:


hehehehehehe
You'd think somebody, somewhere, would have a quiet word with the sign makers, wouldn't you...?

dibbly_dobbler

7,706 posts

83 months

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hehe I'm on a roll now !
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dibbly_dobbler

7,706 posts

83 months

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hehe Ok thats enough of that !























see what I did there ?


Titan Simba

16,099 posts

80 months

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This thread is giving me heart pulpitations.

Dogwatch

3,842 posts

108 months

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Titan Simba said:
This thread is giving me heart pulpitations.
Preaching to the converted? laugh

Edited by Dogwatch on Tuesday 10th March 20:40

Einion Yrth

11,819 posts

130 months

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El Guapo said:
The grocer´s apostrophe has been around since the mid-1980s.
Strictly: I'd suggest that should be " grocers' ", since no single grocer is responsible.

paperbag

dibbly_dobbler

7,706 posts

83 months

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Dogwatch said:
Titan Simba said:
This thread is giving me heart pulpitations.
Preaching to the converted? laugh

Edited by Dogwatch on Tuesday 10th March 20:40
Oh very good ! clap

Prometheus

Original Poster:

367 posts

69 months

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It's shoddy and lazy and infectious.


Dr_Gonzo

952 posts

111 months

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mybrainhurts said:
dibbly_dobbler said:


hehehehehehe
You'd think somebody, somewhere, would have a quiet word with the sign makers, wouldn't you...?
I've often wondered, are sign makers generally thick or do they just write what they're told without questioning it? I saw two vans on the same day that both said "No Job To Small".

Mr Whippy

19,012 posts

127 months

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dibbly_dobbler said:


hehehehehehe
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A790175

article say's said:
There seems to be some primordial urge in writers of shop signs to use it to denote plurals. This is manifestly wrong.
hehe

DickyC

16,923 posts

84 months

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If ever there are moves to get rid of the apostrophe, which I think I can use correctly, can we also get rid of whom, which I've always had trouble with?

Sciroccology

29,908 posts

116 months

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DickyC said:
can we also get rid of whom, which I've always had trouble with?
As in a laydee's reproductive organs?

DickyC

16,923 posts

84 months

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Sciroccology said:
DickyC said:
can we also get rid of whom, which I've always had trouble with?
As in a laydee's reproductive organs?
Chateauneuf Du Pape! Have I fallen victim to a terminological inexactitude?

central

16,491 posts

103 months

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PH thread said:
OFT bans Estate Agent's
;)

Skodaku

1,761 posts

105 months

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GKP said:
Darkslider said:
Smiths, Etams, Tescos, Safeways. Just something people do I guess.
Poor people, you mean? Others use Waitrose.
laugh

ol

1,887 posts

94 months

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Dr_Gonzo said:
I've often wondered, are sign makers generally thick or do they just write what they're told without questioning it? I saw two vans on the same day that both said "No Job To Small".
Exactly. We had a bus stop put up outside our school when I was a lad. The school was called 'Queen Elizabeth Grammar school,' yet they managed to spell it 'grammer'...

sublimatica

2,203 posts

140 months

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Those who continue to abuse the humble apostrophe in formal communication should be rounded up and posted to oblivion along with those who say 'myself' when they mean 'me', and 'yourself' when they mean 'you'. The majority of the police, call centre workers and estate agents would be included in this motley group.

'Certainly, sir. I'll post a form out to yourself and if you could post it back to ourselves as soon as possible please.'

I wish I didn't get so grumpy about this terminal decline of our language. But I do.
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