Thursday, December 23, 2010

This sign is a grammarphile's nightmare.


Eek!  What a scary sign!  We've got apostrophe catastrophes, random and stupid capitalization, and what I strongly believe is a homophone error.  I suppose he could have meant personnel belongings here, but it's far more typical to see personal belongings in this context...and judging by all the other mistakes this person's made, I'm going to figure that the personnel/personal thing is likely also an error.

Thanks to KIM for spotting this one!

5 comments:

MarieC said...

Truly, won of the holy Grail's of Apostrophe error's! :-)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Marie, you're one very talented lady--you made me simultaneously giggle and scream! :)

desertsandbeyond said...

Oh, good grief! What is WRONG with people? I'll go somewhere now and pull out my hair!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Oh no, don't do that! Leave your poor hair intact--but do go pick up a red pen, and if you actually witness anyone committing these sorts of awful errors, feel free to stab them with said pen! :)

cynicalsynapse said...

It is, technically, ok to use an apostrophe between an acronym and the s designating plural. Nonetheless, it drives me nuts because it helps blur the lines. As one of my friends said, the apostrophe is not meant to mean an s is coming.