Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Grammarians Unite!

Fellow grammarians, our beloved apostrophe is under attack! Birmingham City Council has voted to remove apostrophes from all its street signs.

This is so awful! I understand the desire for consistency in signage, but they should be consistently correct. "St. Pauls Square" makes no sense: (a) There is only one St. Paul, and this appears to be plural, and (b) if there are more than one, an apostrophe is still required (St. Pauls')! GAHH!!
"Apostrophes denote possessions that are no longer accurate, and are not needed," [Councillor Martin Mullaney] said. "More importantly, they confuse people. If I want to go to a restaurant, I don’t want to have an A-level (high-school diploma) in English to find it."
If you need high school English to understand apostrophes, perhaps you should look into the failings of your education system rather than perpetuating ignorance among the people of Birmingham.

Long live the apostrophe!

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