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Apostrophe'''''s, when did the rot set in.

Apostrophe'''''s, when did the rot set in.

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Vipers

22,711 posts

135 months

Wednesday 11th March 2009
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Darkslider said:
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.
Why in shops do they say "Put your PIN number in", or why did we used to talk aboot "PCB boards".

Why do shop assistants say "Have a nice day", when the really mean "F&^k off"

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Edited by Vipers on Wednesday 11th March 19:21

Prometheus

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367 posts

90 months

Thursday 12th March 2009
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ol said:
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'...
Did you go to QEGS Blackburn?


Titan Simba

17,876 posts

101 months

Thursday 12th March 2009
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Vipers said:
Why do shop assistants say "Have a nice day", when the really mean "F&^k off"
Oh, very good! Bravo! smile

g3rrd

620 posts

95 months

Thursday 12th March 2009
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someone said:
Apostrophe'''''s, when did the rot set in?
My guess would be sometime in the '80s at 10 minutes after five of the clock.


ol

2,041 posts

115 months

Thursday 12th March 2009
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Prometheus said:
ol said:
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'...
Did you go to QEGS Blackburn?
Nope, QEGS Wakefield. Were you at Blackburn?
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central

16,733 posts

124 months

Saturday 14th March 2009
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banghead

Dixie68

3,091 posts

94 months

Saturday 14th March 2009
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"Should of" instead of "should have" - that really grips my poop in a totally irrational way.

DickyC

23,947 posts

105 months

Saturday 14th March 2009
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Apostrophes are more better.

sone

3,942 posts

145 months

Sunday 15th March 2009
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FFS top thread!.

KB_S1

5,967 posts

136 months

Sunday 15th March 2009
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Reminds me of a promo that always makes me laugh/cringe every time I see it.

Local petrol station:

!!Irn-Bru - Only 6 cans - £4!!


If anyone notices blatant language/spelling/grammar mistakes I have just finished a bottle of red wine.




sagt550

225 posts

95 months

Sunday 15th March 2009
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This sort of things really riles me, god knows why as there are so much more important things to be worried about!.

Anyway, what is the general consensus on using the ' in a possessive context of a non-plural noun ending in "s". i.e. My company ends in the letter "S" and I'm pretty certain that all of the proposals/documentation I read stating <company name>' should read <company name>'s as it is not a plural so the "s" rule doesn't apply.....


AJS-

15,028 posts

143 months

Sunday 15th March 2009
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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.
So the middle class have institutionalised their "s" and then drag the ladder up behind them. In another 50 years, Tescose might be considered posh and Lidls will be on the up.

Prometheus

Original Poster:

367 posts

90 months

Sunday 15th March 2009
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ol said:
Prometheus said:
ol said:
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'...
Did you go to QEGS Blackburn?
Nope, QEGS Wakefield. Were you at Blackburn?
Tragically yes.

ehyouwhat

4,606 posts

125 months

Sunday 15th March 2009
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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.
I find that Waitrose customers tend to be the sort of people who want others to think they're well-off, but are actually mortgaged and car-loaned up to the hilt.

Fresh fruit and veg aside, I find Waitrose to be overpriced and positively mediocre. Give me Morrisons or Asda any day, and sod the social implications.

andy_s

10,727 posts

166 months

Sunday 15th March 2009
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About the same time 'O' levels became 'GCSE's?

central

16,733 posts

124 months

Sunday 15th March 2009
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andy_s said:
About the same time 'O' levels became 'GCSE's?
yes

central

16,733 posts

124 months

Tuesday 17th March 2009
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Here's a classic -


blank

2,473 posts

95 months

Tuesday 17th March 2009
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andy_s said:
About the same time 'O' levels became 'GCSE's?
I'd have gone for "GCSEs" myself............

andy_s

10,727 posts

166 months

Tuesday 17th March 2009
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blank said:
andy_s said:
About the same time 'O' levels became 'GCSE's?
I'd have gone for "GCSEs" myself............
I'd have taken out the inverted commas altogether...!

blank

2,473 posts

95 months

Tuesday 17th March 2009
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andy_s said:
blank said:
andy_s said:
About the same time 'O' levels became 'GCSE's?
I'd have gone for "GCSEs" myself............
I'd have taken out the inverted commas altogether...!
Touché.