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Snaggy

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The first shots have been fired...

Typo vigilantes banned from national parks

Typo Eradication Advancement League. lol

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______________________ Snaggy ____ The next thing is the granmmma police getting on every one about your, you're, and you are all (Insert insult).

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If I had a pound for every time I've wanted to do that! I cant tell you how sick I am of seeing apostrophes on every word that happens to have an s at the end. The worst offenders in the UK are restaurants- Egg's, Panini's, etc.

I've even seen expensive, professional signs with the apostrophes where they shouldn't be, and it just looks so unprofessional.

Sorry for the rant. [ohwell]

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Another one of my pet peeves.
And yes, cafes are the worst offenders ("Fish and chip's" AAARRRGGGHHHH'H) although I do have occasional traumatic flash-backs to the 2 metre high sign in a local shop window advertising "CAR STERIO'S"

Maybe we should form The SSSA (Society for the Suppression of Superfluous Apostrophe's). [Wink]

[edit] Would you get arrested for fixing this?
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thats's one's of's my's pet's peevesse's too's!

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I've corrected ads I've done for clients to read TVs, RVs, ATVs, CDs, DVDs, 2008s, 100s etc... only to have them insist on putting the apostrophe back in [Mad] The customer is always right though! I just want to add apostrophes to the rest of the plurals that they didn't put one in if they are so insistent on having the others! [shake head]
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quote:
originally posted by TFD:

Maybe we should form The SSSA (Society for the Suppression of Superfluous Apostrophe's

Many years ago, the columnist and playwright Keith Waterhouse formed the Association for the Abolition of the Aberrant Apostrophe (AAAA) but they have failed to stem the tide of unwanted and unnecessary apostrophes. [Frown]

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your all gay
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quote:
Originally posted by GMx:
your all gay

Bravo, Sir. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by GMx:
your all gay

lol [Applause]
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quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:
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Many years ago, the columnist and playwright Keith Waterhouse formed the Association for the Abolition of the Aberrant Apostrophe (AAAA) but they have failed to stem the tide of unwanted and unnecessary apostrophes. [Frown]

Following the wikipedia link for aberrant apostrophe. I loved Lynne Truss' quote about "Punctuation Anarchy"! What a great term!

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Snupy - despite all the criticism she has received, Lynne Truss has done a very good job of bringing the debate about change in the English language back into the mainstream.

I liked her book, many did not. We have to accept that change in any language is inevitable, but there is value in understanding how and why some changes improve the language and some do not.

As Laurence Olivier's character Cantor Rabinovitch said in Neil Diamond's version of "The Jazz Singer"..... "If you don't know verr you come from, how do you know verr you're goink?"

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quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:
quote:
originally posted by TFD:

Maybe we should form The SSSA (Society for the Suppression of Superfluous Apostrophe's

Many years ago, the columnist and playwright Keith Waterhouse formed the Association for the Abolition of the Aberrant Apostrophe (AAAA) but they have failed to stem the tide of unwanted and unnecessary apostrophes. [Frown]
How about the Association for the Abolition of Alliterative Acronym's?

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TFD - you lead, I will follow [Big Grin]

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bah i is denies you al! bad spielliers of the word untie!

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quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:

As Laurence Olivier's character Cantor Rabinovitch said in Neil Diamond's version of "The Jazz Singer"..... "If you don't know verr you come from, how do you know verr you're goink?"

OMG! I remember that-and it sounded just like that, too! LMAO

From your link, it appears Bill Bryson has done some writing on the subject, too, which I didn't know. I'm just discovering him. Have you read any of his work?

TFD-how could I have forgotten to mention "Fish and Chip's"?! arggghhhh

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quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
From your link, it appears Bill Bryson has done some writing on the subject, too, which I didn't know. I'm just discovering him. Have you read any of his work?

I'm a big Bill Bryson fan - his writing style is crisp and elegant, and very easy to read. For the most part he writes in English, not American, unless there is a specific reason to write in American.

I like his sense of humour and his the ability to use understatement very effectively to get a point across. Above all, when he is writing about the people and places that have formed his experiences he writes with love, and doesn't have the supercilious attitude of some travel writers.

From memory - I've read Down Under, A Walk in the Woods, Notes from a Small Island, The Lost Continent, and A Short History of Nearly Everything. Oh.... and Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.

I would highly recommend any of those books, particularly to people who are looking for something light and pleasing to read as a break from more taxing tomes. [Smile]

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Ahh...I just bought A Short History of Nearly Everything at a local fair for a pound!

You haven't read Troublesome Words, then, in which he says(about aberrant apostrophes), "the mistake is inexcusable and those who make it are linguistic Neanderthals".

I'll have to put that one on my shopping list!

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quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
... I cant tell you ...

Ahem.

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She's obviously trying to restore balance to the universe by limiting her use of apostrophes to make up for the overuse of them elsewhere.

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quote:
Originall posted by snupy:
You haven't read Troublesome Words, then........

I haven't heard of that one, but I'll certainly look out for it on my next trip to the bookshop. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Ugh, MightyClub:
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
... I cant tell you ...

Ahem.
What Steen said. [blush]

Actually, it's this darned British keyboard. [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
Actually, it's this darned British keyboard. [Wink]

Still not used to typing on the left?

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quote:
Originally posted by GMx:
your all gay

Edit: You're all gay.

[Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by CW Smith:
quote:
Originally posted by GMx:
your all gay

Edit: You're all gay.

[Wink]

Yall'r gay.

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