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

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

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MitchT

11,577 posts

134 months

Tuesday 10th March 2009
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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

2,462 posts

114 months

Tuesday 10th March 2009
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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

15,099 posts

166 months

Tuesday 10th March 2009
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Darkslider said:
Smiths, Etams, Tescos, Safeways. Just something people do I guess.
Poor people, you mean? Others use Waitrose.

mybrainhurts

89,134 posts

180 months

Tuesday 10th March 2009
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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

9,806 posts

122 months

Tuesday 10th March 2009
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hehe I'm on a roll now !
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dibbly_dobbler

9,806 posts

122 months

Tuesday 10th March 2009
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hehe Ok thats enough of that !























see what I did there ?


Titan Simba

18,436 posts

119 months

Tuesday 10th March 2009
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This thread is giving me heart pulpitations.

Dogwatch

4,764 posts

147 months

Tuesday 10th March 2009
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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

17,078 posts

169 months

Tuesday 10th March 2009
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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

9,806 posts

122 months

Tuesday 10th March 2009
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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

108 months

Wednesday 11th March 2009
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It's shoddy and lazy and infectious.


Dr_Gonzo

955 posts

150 months

Wednesday 11th March 2009
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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

21,231 posts

166 months

Wednesday 11th March 2009
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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

27,280 posts

123 months

Wednesday 11th March 2009
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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

155 months

Wednesday 11th March 2009
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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

27,280 posts

123 months

Wednesday 11th March 2009
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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

16,737 posts

142 months

Wednesday 11th March 2009
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PH thread said:
OFT bans Estate Agent's
;)

Skodaku

1,802 posts

144 months

Wednesday 11th 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.
laugh

ol

2,086 posts

133 months

Wednesday 11th March 2009
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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

2,623 posts

179 months

Wednesday 11th March 2009
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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.