Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's an extra apostrophe extravaganza...

I've seen an alarming trend lately in apostrophes hanging out in places in which they really shouldn't be hanging out. Here are two of my favorite reader-submitted examples of this annoying phenomenon...

The first apostrophe boo-boo comes to us from the lovely MRS. X. She says: I have to share this with you so I can vent to somebody about it! I was driving my husband's car the other night and listening to his satellite radio, when THIS craziness came on the screen (please ignore the fact that you want to laugh because I listen to country music and that I just snapped a picture with my phone). This randomly happens a couple of times a month, and it's usually about a whole day of the same mistake in every song title that needs an apostrophe. Apparently there are morons working at Sirius Satellite Radio!



Having worked in the radio industry (although never for Sirius), I can personally attest to the fact that there are lots of people in radio who are punctuationally-challenged. ;)

And then this one comes from JUSTIN in Florida. He says: I stumbled upon the following story on The Inquisitr's web site. Figures an organization that can't figure out how to spell its own name would make an error like this...



On a related note, I think if I worked for The Inquisitr, I would go out of my mind looking at that damn misspelling all the time. I'd constantly be tempted to re-spell the company's name; they'd probably fire me for frequently and blatantly adding illegal vowels into the company name...

Thanks, MRS. X. and JUSTIN, for these great examples of apostrophe abuse!

8 comments:

Bridgete said...

The apostrophes are taking over! Save yourselves!!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

They're on the loose! Run and hide! :)

Peter said...

Computer keyboards may deserve part of the blame for don"t. I don't know who first got the idea to put ' and " on the same key. It might have been IBM, because the Selectrics had it that way. But other old typewriters had ' and " on different keys, with " the uppercase of 2.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Ooh, very good point, Peter! I never thought about that before... :)

Carlos said...

Don't forget about the missing hyphen in shoe-thrower. Poor, poor, neglected hyphens ;-)

You sure get some great stuff, Nikki!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Good call, Carlos--you're absolutely right!

I do get some good stuff, don't I? That's because there are some truly awesome people who read this blog and send stuff in...thank you ALL for reading/commenting/submitting pictures! :D

Dave said...

Statue dedicated to shoe-thrower = WIN.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Damn right! :)