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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

You can find egregious apostrophes anywhere.

From The Banterist:

Defendant: University of Minnesota Conference and Event Services


Count 1: Usage of an apostrophe in the construction of a plural noun, a misdemeanor.

Count 2: Usage of an apostrophe in the construction of a plural noun, a misdemeanor.

Count 3: Usage of an apostrophe in the construction of a plural noun, a misdemeanor.

Count 4: Committing grammatical mischief within 1000 feet of a school.

Count 5: Committing grammatical mischief on letterhead from an educational institution.

Report: This memorandum came to Grammar Cop HQ by an individual connected with the famed "Minnesota Railroad" - a secret organization of individuals who smuggle grammatically-challenged documents out of Minnesota. Minnesota is a U.S. state which is south of Canada. Because the individual continues to work undercover during the War On Apostrophes, he or she has chosen to remain nameless until his or her identity is leaked to the press by Robert Novak.

Fine: $350 and mandatory attendance of apostrophe sensitivity classes.


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2 Comments:

At 8:28 AM, Blogger kenju said...

I love this! I see this misusage all the time in blogs. One in particular that I read often is terrible for this, but I tolerate it because what she has to say is so interesting.

I need re-teaching about grammar and punctuation all the time, since my old brain has forgotten a lot of it...LOL

 
At 11:07 AM, Anonymous Kimberly said...

Sadly, the errant apostrophe is everywhere. Somewhat less common, but also troubling, is the use of "which" where "that" is proper.

I sometimes make grammatical errors, too, but I'm amused/disturbed to see one in a self-proclaimed "grammar police" report.

 

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