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High Street grammar wall of shame

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Longtalljosie · 12/12/2012 11:48

I'm not talking about market stalls here or greengrocers with their tomato's and potato's

I'm talking large businesses with large profits, which seem incapable of running packaging and signage past someone with a basic grasp of grammar.

I will start the ball rolling with Boots - and a sign in the store for "kid's health"

And Tesco - with own brand loo roll proudly proclaiming "same luxury, less lorries"

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worldgonecrazy · 12/12/2012 11:53

Sainsbury's, who manage to put the apostrophe in their name but fail to manage to do so for the Women's or Men's changing room signage.

prism · 12/12/2012 20:35

As an enthusiastic pedant I was truly dismayed when it changed from "J Sainsbury" to "Sainsbury's". Sainsbury's what, exactly? Why not "Sainsburys"? Might as well be a collection of them as an orphaned possessive noun. Not to mention "Tesco's"- damn, there I go mentioning it anyway. What next, "Ikea's"?

merryng · 12/12/2012 20:39

Managed to totally bemuse customer service lady in Sainsburys when, whilst having a bad day, I decided to complain about the '5 items or less' sign. Sigh.

YokoUhOh · 12/12/2012 20:41

Dunelm are atrocious; I snapped a triple whammy on a sign the other day:

Address Book's

SnowWoman · 12/12/2012 20:45

Waterstones (I think they have given up on the apostrophe these days) in Glasgow had a bay of shelves labelled "Independant" in the graphic novels area.

NannyEggn0gg · 15/12/2012 00:47

A Tesco managed DVDs and DVD's in the same shop.

FlourFace · 15/12/2012 00:51

'Sainsbury's' - I thought that was as in, belonging to the Sainsbury family.

NannyEggn0gg · 15/12/2012 01:07

I assumed Sainsbury's Supermarkets.

PigeonPie · 15/12/2012 19:21

In Blackwell's window (you know, the well-known bookshop in Oxford) at the beginning of this Michaelmas term, was a sign informing us that they sold stationary inside. I photographed it meaning to complain but ran out of time.

MERLYPUSS · 17/12/2012 22:51

Morrisons has a park for its trollies. That isn't right is it? (I'm crap at this grammar stuff so please help me out)

lidlqueen · 17/12/2012 22:54

oh merry I did that once, after Marksexpensive changed the signs back to 'fewer' after being 'less' I was saying how good that was - the checkout person looked at me as though I was slightly deranged.......

lidlqueen · 17/12/2012 22:55

trollies or trolleys = good question Merly....

lidlqueen · 17/12/2012 22:56

I think trolleys not trollies surely?

MERLYPUSS · 17/12/2012 23:05

I thought Trolleys. (But I am as thick as shit)

worldgonecrazy · 18/12/2012 08:39

According to Oxford English Dictionary both trolleys and trollies is correct.

I'm also not quite sure of the rule. Any grammar experts able to help?

NannyEggn0gg · 18/12/2012 09:01

Usually 'vowel +y' add an 's' (Donkey, donkeys)
No vowel, change to ie+s (brolly, brollies)

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