Friday, January 30, 2009

I know where Birmingham UK's apostrophes went

"Birmingham City Council has dropped possessive apostrophes from its road and street signs altogether - so St Paul's Square becomes St Pauls, for example. The decision follows years of debate about whether apostrophes should be restored to local place names such as Kings Norton, Acocks Green and Druids Heath. John Richards, founder of the Apostrophe Protection Society, said the decision was 'absolute defeatism.'"

The Apostrophe Protection Society?

After my shock at learning there is such a club, I immediately decided that we need one here in the US. I see things like this all the time.

It drives me bananas!!!!!!! Absolutely bonkers. So the UK got rid of their apostrophes and they all immigrated here, gleefully attaching to any letter s without concern for whether it is their punctuation turn or not. Attack of the Apostrophes!

The Abuse of Apostrophes in Everyday Life
The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks

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