Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ironic Apostrophe Catastrophe

Easton spotted this apostrophe catastrophe at a book store and wrote, "I thought this apostrophe catastrophe I found was particularly ironic, given that the publisher is selling a book on grammar and punctuation for schoolchildren."


I agree!

Thanks, Easton!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Beer Catastrophe

Alison sent in this poorly punctuated ad from a local newspaper almost five years ago, and it somehow got buried in my email.



I need a drink after seeing this ad.

Thanks, Alison!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Another Day, Another British Apostrophe Catastrophe

Before getting to today's apostrophe catastrophe, submitted by Clive in East Sussex, I would like to take a moment to mourn the loss of one of my punctuation heroes, Bill Walsh. If you haven't read Lapsing Into a Comma or The Elephants of Style, definitely check them out. R.I.P., Mr. Walsh.

As for this entry's apostrophe catastrophe, it looks like Monty started out fairly well, in that he correctly punctuated his name, but everything falls apart after that.



Thanks to Clive for sending this one in!


Monday, November 28, 2016

Cuban Cigars Catastrophe

In honor of Fidel Castro, I thought I would choose this catastrophe for today.



Craig spotted this sign in Mexico, so perhaps we can forgive the sign makers as English is not their first language. I, however, cannot be forgiven for waiting three years to post this! I am way behind on submissions to Apostrophe Catastrophes, but I will try to be better about posting them from now on.

Thanks, Craig!


Monday, October 24, 2016

Cursed Catastrophe in Salem

I've lived in Massachusetts for most of my life, and I've been to Salem several times, but I've never been there during Halloween season! Two of my best friends live there now and are moving away in a month or two, so this weekend seemed like the right time to finally venture in to the witch madness. Salem did not disappoint! Besides this catastrophic store, we also spotted a coffin in honor of Miss Cleo, a terrifying Nosferatu, and a Vietnamese restaurant filled with drag queens.



Happy Halloween, everyone!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

I Had to Buy One Anyway

I went to a minor league baseball game last night, and it turned out to be Princess Night! They had various princesses wandering around the stadium, fireworks, and even an apostrophe catastrophe on the sign advertising tiaras. I made my fiancé buy me one anyway, and then he wore it for half the night. Par for the course.

Monday, May 16, 2016

This Might Give You Nightmares

Wow, I am really really really behind on posting apostrophe catastrophes, but I just found this gem that Terry sent in from a record store in Stockholm.



There is just nothing OK about this. Swedish '80s boy bands are scary.

Thanks, Terry!


Friday, April 29, 2016

The Team Lets Go

The Celtics were looking pretty pitiful last night, and their season is now over. I don't think it was because of this poorly punctuated sign, but it certainly didn't help. Better luck next year, C's!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I Wanna Be Famous!

This morning, I heard on the radio that this new movie with Mark Wahlberg about the marathon bombing needs extras, so I decided to check out the website. My dad was an extra in Love Story in the '70s and still talks about the fact that he got a free lunch out of it.

Despite the apostrophe catastrophe on the website (see the left side of the photo below) and the fact that this might give me PTSD (I lived a couple of blocks away from the bombers at the time and also worked at a high school that was a couple of blocks away from where the second bomber was captured in a boat), I think I'm going to sign up!



This could be my chance to be famous for something other than pointing out punctuation errors.





Thursday, December 31, 2015

Global Warming Catastrophe

Well, it was 70 degrees on Christmas, but I don't think any Bostonians are buying grills on New Year's Eve. And certainly not with this apostrophe catastrophe attached.




Happy New Year, y'all!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

33.33% Correct

Sitting at Charlie's Kitchen in Harvard Square with my brother, Charlie, I noticed that the menu spells Charlie's three different ways, only one of which is correct.

So close to Harvard University, yet so far away...

Friday, November 6, 2015

I Envy Their Lack of Caring About Punctuation

Sometimes, caring about punctuation can be a burden, but this shop in the UK clearly doesn't have that problem.



It appears that they noticed their mistake and tried to fix it to no avail.

Thanks to Russell for submitting this apostrophe catastrophe.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Don't Give Up the Apostrophe

This sign was outside the bathroom at the world-famous Woodman's of Essex. I forgive them, though, because... yum, yum, lobster roll...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

This Catastrophe Will Make You Bonkers

Allie spotted this heinous shirt at Primark in England.



The lack of proofreading on this shirt is, dare I say it, despicable.

Thanks, Allie!



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

As if Selfie Sticks Weren't Horrible Enough

Tomi spotted this horrifying display at Media Markt in Germany. What is the world coming to?



Adding to the catastrophe, the mispaced apostrophe is backwards and the word "selfie" is misspelled on the display sign.

Thanks, Tomi!