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19/12/2014
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Anne Diamond

Save the apostrophe

Nothing annoys me more than a misplaced apostrophe. Well, perhaps I may be more upset by a world where the apostrophe was outlawed – because I think it’s important. Don’t you? Not so, according to the councils in Britain who are considering dropping the apostrophe from their new road signs. It has happened already in Birmingham, East Staffordshire, East Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire. No sign so far of it being debated in Berkshire, but I reckon we should all prepare a pre-emptive strike before what the National Apostrophe Protection Society calls “greengrocers’ English” takes over the country. Note the apostrophe. More than one greengrocer, you see. My corner shop is a constant headache to me. He is always advertising the price of his parnsip’s. Drives me mad.

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by behindthe frogs

    on 7 Feb 2014 13:45

    Let's all support this campaign for correct use of apostrophes. Our local school wrote to a shop that had a sign over its frontage that read "xxxxs wine's". They have actually corrected and replaced it, presumably as a result.

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Rimil Huda

    on 6 Feb 2014 08:29

    Nothing annoys me more than a misplaced apostrophe.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Chaspierre

    on 5 Feb 2014 22:19

    Even in Harrogate where the renowned Betty's Tea Rooms is no longer possessive. I am now grammatically excluded from entering its otherwise unimpeachable premises.

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