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incorrect use of apostrophes on an ELC jigsaw

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gingerwench Thu 01-Sep-11 18:02:33

I'm exasperated and surprised to see the following round the edge of the new jigsaw I bought my 3 year old son:

"What can you see on the crocodile's back" referring to the birds on the the TWO crocodiles


"What are the giraffe's doing?"


tethersend Thu 01-Sep-11 18:04:35


Alibabaandthe80nappies Thu 01-Sep-11 18:05:49

Yes we have this one too - I couldn't believe it. I haven't got round to complaining yet but I must.

hocuspontas Thu 01-Sep-11 18:13:44

Is it back or backs for the crocodiles? Giraffe's is appalling.

gingerwench Thu 01-Sep-11 19:47:59

Yes I've complained via the telephone number on the ELC website and the person I spoke to said they would contact head office about it. I did feel a bit pedantic mid-way through the call!

It is "back" not "backs" for the crocodiles, so perhaps I was being hasty there, however the picture has two crocodiles in it, so wrong for another reason.

SandStorm Mon 05-Sep-11 22:19:48

Isn't it "crocodiles' backs"? There are two crocodiles and therefore two backs surely?

LeoTheLateBloomer Tue 06-Sep-11 13:05:33

Are the birds on both the crocodiles? If they're only on one then it's right.

I agree about complaining though; I would. Without anal particular people like us the poor old apostrophe won't know if it's Arthur or Martha in the not too distant future grin.

nickelbabe Tue 06-Sep-11 14:41:27

god yes, complain! shock

and return the jigsaw.

if the birds are on both crocodiles, then it's "the crocodiles' backs"
in this instance, if there was something else on the other corcodile, then it would be okay (but how would you know which croc it meant?)

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