New apostrophe blunder

(41 Posts)
prism Sun 15-Apr-12 15:31:34

Just saw this in a job advert: "My client who are part of one of the largest communication groups' in the world".

Never seen this before- maybe they think that saying "group's" is in actually wrong, but think they just have to get that apostrophe in for some reason? They go on to make the usual mistakes with "incentive's", etc later on, so they're obviously genuinely illiterate, and not just mistyping.

Where will it all end? sad

anniewoo Sun 15-Apr-12 15:32:31

Never seengrin

MooncupGoddess Sun 15-Apr-12 15:32:50

I saw a sign over a newsagents the other day bearing the words:



ArgyMargy Tue 17-Apr-12 17:53:03

I think it will end by being overtaken by a potentially even more annoying trend that I have spotted - the erroneous hyphen. I have seen it in newspapers and elsewhere, and it consists of a completely unnecessary addition of a hyphen such as "we are in for some lovely-weather" or "she is wearing blue-trousers" or "I had to get-up very quickly". Anyone else noticed this?!

Nanny0gg Tue 17-Apr-12 22:35:32

My client who are???

mummybare Tue 17-Apr-12 22:40:14

If the employment agency's client/clients has/have any sense, it/they will be taking its/their business elsewhere pronto!

iklboo Tue 17-Apr-12 22:51:59

Client who are?! <faints>

Katisha Tue 17-Apr-12 22:58:42

New cafe in our town has a large laminated sign on the frontage saying "baguette's". Don't the signwriters or whoever makes these things correct the brief or don't they know/care either?

Haven't noticed the hyphen thing as yet but no doubt will keep seeing it now!

No I have never-noticed the hyphen either

SkiBumMum Tue 17-Apr-12 23:01:30

We done

Every bloody day at nursery handover. DD says it too now. Grrrrh.

poppyknot Tue 17-Apr-12 23:07:28

Just reminded of the Extra Apostrophe in Alice (reading to DD at the moment...)

Ca'n't etc

Such fun!

OMG I saw this too!!

My client who are indeed. SIOB.


And I saw a sign by the the road the other day: Dog's available for rehoming. I'm still wondering what the poor dog did to warrant being given away smile

And I saw an ad that said something about 'the companies expansion'. FFS. Company's!!

And if a job ad has mistakes, that's one off my list to apply to. They're all marketing/writing/proofreading jobs too. OK it might be a numpty at an agency rather than the employer, but still!

Alinta Wed 18-Apr-12 02:50:19

Never mind the apostrophe - what about "my client who ARE" ??

A newsagent I passed advertised 'Sandwitch's available here' double whammy! grin

MooncupGoddess Wed 18-Apr-12 14:08:09

A deeply traumatic experience here. Yesterday I passed a bus stop bearing the legend "St Barnaba's Church". This is an official sign designed and produced by Transport for London!

If anyone is familiar with St Barnaba I will of course eat my words.

CatWithKittens Wed 18-Apr-12 17:04:53

If anybody had been too familiar with her she would presumably not be a Saint.



prism Thu 19-Apr-12 18:07:08

Yes, the "client are" thing is dreadful too; it's just so happened that the novel misuse of the apostrophe got me. Despite all this the job pays fifty grand- I might apply, just so I can look at them over my horn-rimmed glasses and ask them if they have noticed anything amiss with the advertisement...

Just saw this in an email from The Gro Store:

With lots of brilliant 5 star reviews from mum's and dad's on our website

Honestly, what is it with these rogue apostrophes?!

I think when people aren't sure where to put the apostrophes they sneeze over the page and put one in where the splats are. How hard is it to remember that plurals don't have apostrophes?

Madlizzy Thu 19-Apr-12 23:28:11

It makes me twitch.

MrsWembley Thu 19-Apr-12 23:34:31

I remember the joys of teaching/reminding a yr7 class about apostrophes.

Oh, if only I could have a crack at some of these grown-up illiterates.

(Now I'm worried about the hyphen!)

I think many people, who are maybe not so confident in their use of written language, are so used to seeing the misused apostrophe that that they are just not sure where to use them.I must admit though, it makes me want to get my marker pen out.

cattj Sun 28-Oct-12 01:08:44

The Thick of It Series 4 Episode 5 at 09m:21s; apostrophes!

My favourite is when a business has paid for a neon sign which sports an unnecessary apostrophe. Grammar saves money, people!

somebloke123 Mon 29-Oct-12 10:26:00

I once saw a notice in a pub entrance:

"First floor - birthday party for Gary Mill's"

Altogether now: 'Birthday party for Gary Mill's what? Hamster?'

apostropheuse Tue 30-Oct-12 22:07:35

* How hard is it to remember that plurals don't have apostrophes? *

Actually plurals can have apostrophes...

The boys' toilets
The teachers' staff room



VivaLeBeaver Sun 04-Nov-12 01:48:28

In the daily mail today; Cambridge women's rower's career ruined. That's wrong isn't it?

Much as I hate to say the Daily Wail has got it right, I think they have in this case. It is the team for the Cambridge women, therefore Cambridge women's [team implied] is correct. No apostrophe (womens) would be a peculiar double-plural and sound like something Popeye would say. The career is (or was) possessed by the rower, therefore rower's career. Was it ruined by immigrants or the EU by any chance?

VivaLeBeaver Sun 04-Nov-12 04:22:33

Is it? Must admit I'm not 100% but I thought if two nouns posess the same thing only the second takes an apostrophe.

No immigrants I don't think involved in this story. I'm sure the paper's disappointed the driver was Polish!

One noun possesses the team, the other possesses the career, so each gets an apostrophe.

If it wasn't the immigrants, it was probably the benefits cheats. DISGRACE!

VivaLeBeaver Sun 04-Nov-12 08:35:53

They made up for it with a cracking story about an immigrant ex Hutu Rwandan taxi driver.

permaquandry Sun 04-Nov-12 08:49:57

I had no idea this topic existed. I am just an 'averagely' educated SAHM but I get so angry at the terrible grammar used today.

I sometimes need to double-check my own grammar and punctuation but the overuse of apostrophes, commas and capitals is confused.

I often spot errors in school literature and even found an extra apostrophe in a kipper book!!

Don't get me started on spelling, there is no excuse these days with spell-checker and predictive text.......while we're at it 'your/you're' and 'its/it's'...........angryangryangryangryangry

RustyBear Sun 04-Nov-12 10:01:01

Just got an email from Argos. "Lot's of toys for girls and boys"

MarjorieAntrobus Sun 04-Nov-12 10:14:27

Aaaaaaargh, Rusty! Argos is now right off my list!

Do they not realise that they are alienating a huge bunch of people who will not buy from them if they say, "lot's", when they mean, "lots"?

On eBay, if the spelling or punctuation are wrong, I don't bid any more. Same with newspaper adverts.

I am a grumpy old pedant, and proud to be so.

Frontpaw Sun 04-Nov-12 10:28:03

It drive's me nuts too (see what I done there?). Ha ha! I blame the BBC. Double negatives really annoy me too!

When I was a child, the emphasis was on 'proper English', but tv new is just garble!

PigeonPie Sun 04-Nov-12 11:15:39

Frontpaw - as my Sis said 'Double negatives are a definite no no!'.

Frontpaw Sun 04-Nov-12 11:33:19

Actually, when people say "I don't half.." annoys me too. So do you or don't you?

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