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to be horrified by dreadful use of the apostrophe in signage. DH says nobody else notices.

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EccentricaGallumbits Sun 28-Jun-09 18:33:37

A high street shop.

On the big front sign thingy over the window.

Sweet Melody's

That was the shop's name.

Am I wrong and unreasonable to find this a shocker?

Maybe Melody is the shop keeper's name?

as in Sweet Melody's shop?

Or just wrong? DH says it's only people like me that would notice.

campion Sun 28-Jun-09 18:37:18

You need to be on Pedants' corner where you will receive a warm welcome wink

EccentricaGallumbits Sun 28-Jun-09 18:38:05

they scare me though.

wildfig Sun 28-Jun-09 18:38:44

YANBU, unless Melody's running the show and she's particularly twee.

In my high street, Boots sells toilletries and the 99p shop offers alot of bargains. Both set my teeth on edge every time I walk past. Didn't ANYONE notice? The manager? The idiot who made the sign?

wildfig Sun 28-Jun-09 18:39:42

OK, I take back idiot, before anyone shouts. (s)he was probably just doing what (s)he was being told.

FruitynNutty Sun 28-Jun-09 18:39:52

But if it belongs to Melody, then isn't it correct?

As in "Sweet Melody's shop"

PandaG Sun 28-Jun-09 18:40:07

I notice and am irritated every time, as is my DH. YANBU

FruitynNutty Sun 28-Jun-09 18:40:48

whoops! You already said that blush

EccentricaGallumbits Sun 28-Jun-09 18:41:09

should that not then be Sweet Meody's Shop rather than just Sweet Melody's

TheChilliMoose Sun 28-Jun-09 18:52:30

Incorrect use of the apostrophe does bug me but I tend to ignore it now.
The use of 'alot' instead of 'a lot' is very common, but I can't understand why. It makes no sense. The same as using 'of' instead of 'have'. It makes your sentence lack meaning. I don't understand how people don't realise that. It's more than just a spelling mistake.

dilemma456 Sun 28-Jun-09 19:04:15

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Dysgu Sun 28-Jun-09 19:11:46

I get VERY worked up over missing apostrophes or those placed incorrectly.

I have even been known to have a quiet word with colleagues who have placed incorrect labels on school displays hmm

WoTmania Sun 28-Jun-09 19:12:10

Drives me nuts.

TheChilliMoose Sun 28-Jun-09 19:15:01

I used to work with a lady who kept a marker pen in her handbag to correct signs when she wa sout and about.

Katisha Sun 28-Jun-09 19:21:26

Can't work out why sign writers don't know how to use apostrophes. You would think it was basic to their craft but evidently not. Maybe they just print whatever the dozy customer gives them.

There is a cake shop which has a delivery van in our town - it's littered with them - wedding's, birthday's, anniversary's - all over the side of the van - why did nobody along the line correct it and WHY did the signwriter who did the lettering NOT KNOW?


iMissEdith Sun 28-Jun-09 19:30:06

Currently, in M&S, you can buy a sauce that's good on stir fry's.

It makes me want to stab myself in the eyes every time I see it. Fortunately, it's nowhere near the knife shelf.

Katisha Sun 28-Jun-09 19:31:50

Makes me want to stab the label printing proof-reader in the eye...

TheChilliMoose Sun 28-Jun-09 19:32:24

<sighs in frustration>

blowbroth Sun 28-Jun-09 19:34:55

Good grief iMissEdith! I get cross too but couldn't imagine stabbing myself in the eye over it. I like the idea of a marker pen though! wink

TheChilliMoose Sun 28-Jun-09 19:36:19

Now I just have to find a shop that sells Marker Pens, not Marker Pen's grin

Scorpette Sun 28-Jun-09 19:37:30

I'm afraid I take pictures of punctuation errors with my camera-phone blush - it was a sign for wine in Sainsbury's that said 'great for party's' (sic) that set me off.... angry

My DP used to live near a coffeeshop that offered 'tea's, coffees, cake's, pastry's (sic) and drinks' - why leave out the apostrophe in some of them?????!!! (and 'pastry's'? Grrr).

Mind you, I go to Amsterdam a lot and the Dutch really do use apostrophes to pluralise; even though I know it's okay in Dutch, I still automatically rankle at the sight of it!

TheChilliMoose Sun 28-Jun-09 19:38:54

What do you do with the pictures, Scorpette?

iMissEdith Sun 28-Jun-09 19:39:16

blowbroth I am considerably more pedantic than yaow


blowbroth Sun 28-Jun-09 19:41:42

CAMERA-PHONE?!! (is that hyphenated) What do you do with the pictures?

blowbroth Sun 28-Jun-09 19:45:01

If the sign was for Blossom Hill you could also get them for trade description because the wine is awful!

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