Thursday, February 12, 2009

This Citys Where Youll Glimpse Punctuations Future?

According to British publication Mail Online, the city of Birmingham is dropping apostrophes from road and street signs. Apparently, there were already so many apostropheless signs -- signs for places like Kings Norton, Acocks Green and Druids Heath -- that theyve given up.

I dont yet know how Ill feel about this once Ive formed an opinion. But I do know one thing: Im 100% sure that they should elect Cormac McCarthy as mayor.

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LL Blackwell said...

Nails on the chalkboard of my grammar-lovin' sensibilities.

June Casagrande said...

I have a feeling that's the way the winds are blowing -- especially because so many of those little change 'em yourself signs are so apostrophe unfriendly.

Plus, newspapers are now using every possible excuse to interpret possessives as modifiers: teachers union -- stuff like that.

Maybe it'll someday evolve to a system that doesn't use the same letter for possessives that it uses for plurals. Dogs/dog's. Oy.

goofy said...

Zwicky says that no punctuation is used on most signs in the US, and yet chaos does not reign.

June Casagrande said...

I'm with you. The slippery-slope arguments ("Help, the language is going to hell!") don't gibe with history.

The real danger is that I'll have to learn anew how to correct people!

(Kidding. Sort of.)
: )


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