Mighty Red Pen

May 9, 2009

It’s just what I wanted!

Filed under: Apostrophe catastrophe — mighty red pen @ 8:08 pm
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Hat tip to David, who writes, “My Mother’s Day present for you is a nice case of grocer’s apostrophe. It’s from a car wash place in the center of gorgeous Allston, Mass.”


Yes, moms love clean cars, but this mom especially loves it when apostrophes are not boldly going where they ought not to go.



  1. One of the most hysterical things I’ve ever read is a section in Terry Pratchett’s “Going Postal,” in which a elderly greengrocery is reunited w/ the love of his youth. There’s an apostrophe in front of every S.

    Comment by TootsNYC — May 14, 2009 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  2. Faulty apostrophes seems to be highly contagious, but I am determined never to succumb! I tend to read them literally; in the example above I read “Mom is love” to myself.

    A colon after “LOVE” would unverb it, and would give the sign a slightly different but consistent sense.

    Comment by Stan — May 16, 2009 @ 8:02 am | Reply

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