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Friday, February 1st, 2008
11:57 am
[fredtheavenger]
I work inside a cab that runs down an aisle on rails. I get into the cab through a gate at the end of the aisle, attached to which is a clipboard with a check sheet. We have to make sure the cab is safe to work in before we start, and report any defects on the sheet. Each cab has a phone, so that we can call to ask for an engineer if the cab develops a fault, or ask for more work if we run out.

A cab I got in yesterday had this written on the check sheet by a previous user of the cab:

Phon'e not working


Now, I don’t quite get people above the age of seven not understanding when to use “’s” and when to just use “s”, but I can understand that there is the whole some “s”s have an apostrophe, some don’t, and they’re both pretty common, and they both go on the end of things that are also stand-alone words. But “phon’e”?

(also posted here on my personal site, nickoli.name)
Monday, September 5th, 2005
12:36 am
[aclockworkapple]
Snapple has some crazy writers.
"Real Fact"
#132: A crocodile cannot move it's tongue.

--Snapple Corporation.

Current Mood: Not as shocked as I should be.
Monday, August 15th, 2005
7:14 pm
[elvenshoo]
I know this isn't apostrophe related but it's my community so I can do what I want.
Who else finds misused quotation marks amusing?
I saw a sign the other day that said:

"Try my tasty "T-Bone" Steaks!"
Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
9:48 am
[elvenshoo]
"They were served coffee's and hot chocolates."

Why?
I've never understood how people can put an apostophe in one of the plurals and not notice.
I was also at a restaurant the other day and i noticed they had "Nacho's", "Pizza's", and "Stirfry's", but then they had "Salads".
Strange.
Friday, July 22nd, 2005
1:28 pm
[xx_fallchild_xx]

This isn't about apostrophes, but I am hoping someone here can help me with this.
I am just wondering what the correct punctuation in this sentence would be.

To this nature so unnatural.

Would there be a semicolon after nature, or not? I have been reading up on when to use semicolons, but am still unsure.

Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give me.

Monday, June 13th, 2005
3:18 pm
[warren8472]
It's the third-to-last-day of classes (I teach band & orchestra at a so-called "arts" high school in Manhattan), and kids are handing in essays in response to a school-wide assignment... and one girl's paper is riddled with the usual apostrophe disasters. She happens to be early for another class later in the day, so I sit her down and attempt to remind her how apostrophes are supposed to be used. She's 16, with a strict mom and decent grades in her other classes, but I had to start from scratch where apostrophes were concerned. Having trouble distinguishing "it's" from "its" is challenging if it hasn't been drilled into you, but I couldn't try to draw an analogy because she couldn't even tell me what the apostrophe in "don't" stands for.

Me: What does the apostrophe in "don't" stand for?
Her: Stand for?
Me: For example, what letter is the apostrophe in "don't" replacing?
Her: (gives it much thought) "T"?
Me: So the full word would be D-O-N-T-T? What does that mean?
Her: I dunno. (already looking away like she doesn't want to deal with it)
Me: "don't" is a contraction; it's actually two words put together. What two words does "don't" actually mean?
Her: Um, I dunno.
Me: If I said "I do not want to" and "I don't want to," would they mean the same thing?
Her: I guess.
Me: So, knowing that "don't" is a combination of two words, what does "don't" actually mean?
Her: It's, like, when you can't do somethin'?

Oh, for the love of glaven.
6:15 pm
[elvenshoo]
More strangely positioned apostrophes.
"this is not mean't to offend..."

HA.
Saturday, May 28th, 2005
12:14 pm
[elvenshoo]
Someone posted this on grammarpolice, and I felt it was my duty to share it with all of you:

"I really like siame'se cats."

BEH?
Saturday, April 16th, 2005
5:31 pm
[elvenshoo]
Disturbing discovery.
There are 183 Livejournal users who list "bridget jone's diary" as an interest.
Oh my.
Sunday, April 3rd, 2005
2:08 pm
[elvenshoo]
Today I saw "he see's me" written on a friend's web page.
It made me sad.
That is all.
Monday, February 28th, 2005
9:11 pm
[elvenshoo]
"She do's want you."

I had to read that several times before I realised it was supposed to say

"She does want you."

Dear God.
That is all I can say.

Crossposted to grammarpolice and badapostrophes.
Sunday, January 2nd, 2005
1:16 pm
[kaiyos]
Louisville, Kentucky has an awesome restuarant called 2. Hahn's Mongolian Grill. Last night, my dad finally asked what the "2." meant. Our waitress said, "There are two men named Hahn who own the resturant. So, that's why they named it 2. Hahn's."

I don't know if the great food is worth dealing with the puncuation.
Friday, November 26th, 2004
10:53 pm
[duddydinks]
Inconsistency is consistently bad.
This place seems to be dead, but I thought I would share this anyway.

I once dined in a pub in Gloucestershire called "The King's Head". Good sign, right? So I went inside feeling hopeful and was confronted by a sign requesting people to turn off their mobile phones "out of courtesy to our guest's".

Somewhat shaken, I opened the menu and began to read it. "Todays vegetables." Meep. I began to have serious doubts about that pub. It was not until I finished the meal and headed for the door that I noticed the final proof: the takeaway menu said "The Kings Head".

Current Mood: awake
Sunday, November 7th, 2004
4:01 pm
[elvenshoo]
Our school musical "Back to the 80s" has been advertised on thousands of posters as "Back to the 80's".
To make matters worse,the "Back to the 80's" T-shirts are accepted as school uniform now, so wherever I go, I am surrounded by misused apostrophes.
Joy.
Also, in true Blaxland High style, the shirts were designed by an English teacher.
Tuesday, September 14th, 2004
9:23 pm
[elvenshoo]
My EXTENSION ENGLISH teacher posted all this stuff for us students to study for our exam next week, and being the apostrophe nazi that I am, noticed this:

"A review of the 1960’s film version".

Now I looked at this for a long time before deciding that there is absolutely no excuse for putting an apostrophe in 1960s unless you are talking about something which belongs to the year 1960.

BAH.

(Cross-posted to badapostrophes & grammarpolice).
Monday, September 13th, 2004
9:09 am
[elvenshoo]
Nachos
Yesterday I saw "Nacho's" on a menu. I was really tempted to ask the guy guy behind the counter exactly what it is that the single Nacho owns.
Saturday, September 11th, 2004
1:24 pm
[elvenshoo]
beh?
I found this on grammarpolice.

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004
9:55 pm
[elvenshoo]
Today, yet again (much to my dismay) I saw ` used as an apostrophe.
I sure hope it isn't going to become the cool thing to do. Today I blitzed the toilet walls at school.
I went around with my lead pencil correcting people's grammar, which brought me much joy.
Damn it, people! post more! I don't want this community to die already!
Monday, August 30th, 2004
11:42 am
[vivian_shaw]
Finally!
I am overjoyed to find a community dedicated to the preservation and protection of the apostrophe--it makes my brain hurt when people use it to pluralize words, even acronyms. I have been known to correct public signs that misuse apostrophes, to the embarrassment of my friends.

In any case, brilliant community idea!!
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