Mighty Red Pen

January 3, 2009

Now we’re cookin’

Filed under: Apostrophe catastrophe,Overseen,Perilous punctuation — mighty red pen @ 2:26 pm

K-Bro, who wrote a while back to share a flyer from an office holiday potluck, wrote back with an update. She points out for our information that there were two turkeys and two ovens:


She comments, “I don’t mind the cook’n so much, because I think he was trying to be folksy. But shouldn’t that have been written cook’n’ (with apostrophes in place of both the i and g)?”

I’m with K-Bro on the, er, folksiness of it so I’m inclined to give it a bit of a pass. However, the question about the apostrophes is a good one and I probably would have preferred to see it spelled cookin’.  

On the other hand, I’m distracted by the “ETA 11:30,” which leaves me to imagine how two giant headless, featherless birds will arrive in the kitchen in time for the potluck. But perhaps that’s just a creative difference.



  1. I’d give him the “turkey’s”–that an “is” apostrophe–“the turkey is cooking.”

    And I’ll give him the collective noun “turkey.”

    Comment by TootsNYC — January 5, 2009 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

  2. Oh, and as for the turkeys propelling themselves to their ETA, remember that trains have ETA–and they have drivers.

    So, I pictured the “arrival” as big platters being born to the table, specifically, over someone’s shoulder.

    Comment by TootsNYC — January 5, 2009 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

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