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The random use of apostrophe's [sic] in work group e-mails is upsetting me greatly

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SheikYerbouti Wed 06-Aug-08 16:37:15

Today we have had e-mails about:

Grosvenor casino's

Magazine Cover's

Article on Xmas Present Idea's

One of these was from a person who has a first class degree in English from Oxford. hmm

Is there something in the water in Bath today? I work in publishing, fgs. Knowing the basic rules of grammar is a fundamental part of the farking job.

Do you think I should send a stiffly worded e-mail around the office to teach them how to use apostrophes?

I am feeling like I either need to a)lie down or b)get a life grin

AMumInScotland Wed 06-Aug-08 16:41:14

It's usually the sheer randomness that gets to me. I saw a comment about "kid's and parents" yesterday. Why one apostrophe? Surely 0 (correct) or 2 (incorrect but consistent) would make more sense? Dod they think that just throwing a few around at random is all anyone ever does?

Backgammon Wed 06-Aug-08 16:42:27

I love these thread's! [sic] wink

margoandjerry Wed 06-Aug-08 16:49:48


We had to introduce grammar lessons to overcome this. Honestly, I think everyone was quite pleased as they had all been wondering what these funny little squiggles were for hmm.

I instituted a compulsory mini teach-in on apostrophes and we now name and shame all transgressors.

You do not need to get a life. This is more important than life grin

SheikYerbouti Wed 06-Aug-08 16:49:54

These people send e-mails to clients with blinding errors such as these. They say things like "...We send all of are artwork to production. Here is there email address..." hmm

I had an e-mail from a colleague once telling me that she was "annoid" by a client's incompetence. (Oh, the irony!)

Here is a message that I have copied and pasted from our work intranet".....sorry cannot be more persific......"

Persific? Fucking. Hell.

Are folk really that dim?

margoandjerry Wed 06-Aug-08 16:56:37

When we changed our company name our auditors wrote in our financial statements "Margoandjerry Limited (formally Margoandjerry Enterprises)...."

When I wrote to point out that they meant "formerly" they responded "Sorry, we should of checked"

[bangs head on desk]

grin at persific.

SheikYerbouti Wed 06-Aug-08 16:59:42

Rofl at "formally" and rofl even more at "we should of checked" grin

There really are some numpties around, aren't there?

MogTheForgetfulCat Sat 09-Aug-08 22:29:19

"Annoid" - that is pure class!

Re: your OP - tell 'em! A quick call to the college to get the degree revoked, or at least reclassified, might be in order, too. Harsh, but fair in the circumstances, I think...

Hadassah Sat 09-Aug-08 22:38:33

I work in social care and the service has a Women-Specific Worker (actual job title). Unfortunately she signs off as Women's Specific Worker.

branflake81 Tue 19-Aug-08 12:46:37

I once altered someone's email before forwarding it on, it was so bad.

And I have been guilty of correcting people's comments in office birthday cards etc (latest was, "thank's for all your hard work!")

CatWithKittens Tue 19-Aug-08 19:19:58

Even given the relative ease with which Firsts are now awarded compared with ten years ago or more, I think that if I worked in your HR department I might want to see the offender's degree certificate. I have to say that I find it incredible that someone with a First, especially in English, from any reputable University, could make that type of mistake,

moondog Tue 19-Aug-08 19:23:36

Sooooo bloody thick. grin
I proof all stuff like this and send it back. Have ahard time resisting doing same on MN.

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